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Tuesday, 2 September 2008

My message: 'Anybody can learn'

Let's adopt the teaching methods of legendary language guru Michel Thomas, a new book pleads. Anthea Lipsett finds out why

Michel Thomas: 'I didn't devise my system to teach languages quickly - I did it to change the world'.
There's a belief that languages either come naturally to a person, or they don't. But to the late Michel Thomas, the "world's greatest language master", there was no such thing as a bad student, only a bad teacher.
It's a view that grates with prevailing educational opinion. These days, children's inability to learn is often blamed on a variety of learning disabilities. If teachers are brought into the equation, it is usually by ministers either claiming the workforce is the best trained it has ever been, or declaring that inadequate teachers must be fired.

The Guardian, Tuesday September 2 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I used the Michel Thomas method to learn Italian to a reasonable level in just a week. Whereas I'd done a year of nigh clases before that with just about no benefit in communicating in the language.
I don't know why schools don't just use Michel Thomas CDs.