Why Language Classes Don't Work


Blog post by Tim Ferriss

Pre-reading Questions


determining factor (noun phrase)
hinder (regular verb)
hasten (regular verb)
can’t cope (set expression)
sticking points (noun phrase)
inhibit (regular verb)
coddle (regular verb), coddl- (ing / ed adjective)
you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to… (set phrase)

Main Activity

Read Tim Ferriss’ blog post about the pitfalls of language classes to answer the following questions:

  1. Which ideas of his are useful and which aren’t?
  2. What’s the difference between prescriptive and descriptive grammar?
  3. How can grammar be taught inductively?
  4. How can Ferriss’ ideas be applied to our classes?