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A poor read,
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This review is from: Language Is Music: 64 Fun & Easy Tips to Learn Foreign Languages Fast: Over 100 Fun & Easy Tips to Learn Foreign Languages (Paperback)
A slim volume running to some 97 pages. The author is by all accounts an accomplished linguist. The book is well set out, printed to a high quality and has a soft cover. There the praise ends. You can read the whole book in an hour or so and there is nothing of substance in it that is not really commom sense. The author is explaining that in order to improve your language learning you should have some exposure to the language, on the radio, television etc.
I was very dissapointed and have seen better quality material in free pdf documents on some web sites.
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Initial post: 2 Jun 2011 20:43:39 BDT
Susanna Zaraysky says:
Mr. Ratcliffe, I am sorry that the book was such a disappointment to you. What may appear to be common sense to you about using music and the media to learn languages has unfortunately escaped the radar of not only language teachers, but language learners as well. In the US, there are many immigrants who simply don't listen to English language music or watch English language TV and movies and then they wonder why their language skills are so poor. Sometimes the simplest tasks, which evidently seem super obvious to you, can be of high pedagogical value and yet few people exercise them. In my time studying and teaching languages, I've met few teachers who know how to use music and the media in the classroom. If the teachers don't bring in relevant and fun materials to class, not all students will think of and know how to maximize the power of some tunes.
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