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Too little detail about his language teaching method
on 17 June 2014
This book is a detailed biography of MT's life as the cover says. However I found the book spent too much time talking about his WW2 experiences. Not to say he doesn't deserve respect for his bravery and determination in the French Resistance, he does, but the book doesn't really detail how these experiences helped him create his unique language learning system. The whole reason I picked up the book was to learn about how he developed his learning method, the book is about 80% of the way through before him teaching languages is even mentioned, and even then I found a frustrating lack of detail!
To my partial disappointment I found this book more of an education on WW2 and the French Resistance rather than on languages and the psychology of learning.