In defence of rote learning

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I was listening to this podcast episode about repetition suppression from Ditch That Coursebook and thinking: where is the balance between effective repetition and a feeling of excitement or novelty? I think the communicative approach made us feel guilty about drilling (ooh, we’re back to the audiolingual times!..), but in fact nothing can make my new unruly group of lower secondaries more focused than reciting a dialogue and clapping to sentence stress. I’m more with Tim Bowen on this: “To dismiss the audiolingual approach as an outmoded method of the 1960s is to ignore the reality of current classroom practice”. We do it because novelty needs a firm foundation, don’t we?

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