Bob Posted December 7, 2013 Report Share Posted December 7, 2013 I believe that most high schools teach a foreign language in English but try to incorporate bouts of that language in speaking/listening activities. On the other hand, I think most colleges teach a foreign language in that language in an attempt for students to learn it "naturalistically."The first method simply translates words and teach the grammar in English during class which is then used later in homework, projects, and activities. This helps clear confusion immediately so that students can focus on creating projects and completing activities, eventually being able to understand Spanish in everyday life. At that point, students are expected to have a Spanish-speaking environment to further reach for the goal of fluency.The second method involves studying basic vocabulary at home, and then that language is spoken during class. Even the grammar and culture is taught in that language by using numerous examples to demonstrate a consistent rule that students may use. Any new vocabulary that the student is unfamiliar with is defined in that language. Sometimes, this may cause some confusion. The gist of this method is to immerse students in an environment that solely speaks in that language so that students can learn similar to a native speaker.Which method do you believe is better? Why? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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