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September 11, 2003

The Trouble With Teens

In his regular Language Connection column for the Daily Yomiuri, Marshal R. Childs this week talked about language learning and the teenage mind. Teaching students of this age can seem like a battle of wills at times, but part of the problem may be that "textbooks and teaching practices reflect very little knowledge of what the learners are really like." Another quote is even more direct: "Textbook-writing committees are cowardly. They like to organize texts by grammatical categories. They choose goody-goody situations and use words that are safe all around. The result is limp language, empty of immediate and gripping reality." Read the article.

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