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Not what I was expecting!
on 10 September 2010
This is a vastly different way of learning from the foundation course, honestly, I am finding almost impossible to follow.
The foundation course was paced well, the mistakes that the 'students' made allowed for steady reasoning and placed the language structure easily in the mind. I didn't need a background in grammar to understand, and I flew through the course and thoroughly enjoyed each minute.
The Advanced course jumps swiftly through the tenses and verb endings, and also flies through the reasoning.
I was looking forward to continuing the journey I had started with the foundation students, as I felt we'd be at the same place. The two new students on the advanced course clearly have a good understanding of grammar and seem to have studied French or other languages already. There are very few mistakes on the students part, therefore there's little reasoning behind the common mistakes that one may make, and precious little opportunity to gain understanding of ones mistakes.
Also, there's almost no pause between Michel's question and the students response, I am often missing the beginning of the students response when releasing the pause button.
I see that there are some good reviews of this course, so I am not giving up, although I am going to go against the rules and get a notepad and pen and go through it slowly and meticulously. Oh, and I feel I must spend some time learning everything there is to know about grammar, as Michel is often referring to grammatical terms that need that background knowledge, he doesn't explain what they are, and without it I feel lost.
Disappointed to say the least, but willing to approach it differently and give it a real shot.