Grammar Translation Approach - 1800s
In the 1800s language learners were mostly young rich men and they studied old languages like Greek and Latin to learn history and philosophy. They didn’t learn the language to talk to people… Students wanted to perfectly understand these old books and writings. The goal was to make them understand the ideas and philosophies of 200 years ago. The purpose was to make students better people, harder workers and pay close attention to details. Here are a few of the study techniques they used:
These days, most people don’t need to perfectly understand and translate every single grammar rule, how to perfectly translate long documents, or write 10,000 word papers logically and clearly. (Except maybe translators for things like law, medicine, or technology)…. Most language learners just need to understand (or explain) the main ideas of the conversation. However, if you go to college or take a test like TOEFL, IELTS and SAT you will need to build these skills.
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