The Direct vs. the Indirect Method of Teaching Modern Languages

Cooper, William A.
September 1915
Education;Sep1915, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The article discusses the fundamental principles of direct method of teaching modern languages in the United States. It is not important that the pupils have such full understanding of the tenth lesson as of the hundredth. The direct method enables the skillful teacher to familiarize his pupils with the most useful words, by using them in questions and drawing them out in answers. The amount and character of the foreign language heard and read is the major determining factor in the rapidity and thoroughness with which the student masters it. The chief aim should be to cultivate the ability to read and understand.


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