Schooling isn’t education, example number 437

English is a hard language to learn. No doubt about it, but this is kind of bad:

“A recent survey by Mexicanos Primero, an education NGO, found that four-fifths of secondary-school graduates had “absolutely no knowledge” of English, despite having spent at least 360 hours learning it in secondary school. English teachers were not much better: one in seven had no English whatsoever.”

The article details the usual problems, too much focus on written grammar, no conversation, teaching to the (written) test.

I learned Spanish the fast but very hard way, by moving to Mexico and taking a job that required me to speak it all day long!

About a month before we started work, Robin and I enrolled in a spanish language school in our neighborhood of Polanco. Robin tested into the very top class. I was put in a class where they showed you pictures of a cat, you said “gato”, and they gave you a cookie!

But forced immersion worked and I was soon getting through teaching 90 minute economics classes (though unscripted Q and A in that first semester was really terrifying to me).

If any of you are looking for a less intense way to learn some Spanish, I’d suggest the cool, free, Duolingo app.

2 thoughts on “Schooling isn’t education, example number 437

  1. Very informative post, i’m regular reader of your site.

    I noticed that your site is outranked by many other websites in google’s search results.
    You deserve to be in top10. I know what can help you, search in google
    for:
    Omond’s tips outsource the work

  2. Learning should be everyone’s number one priority and if we want to achieve success or anything worthy then we got to do the hard work when it comes to learning because that’s where we will be able to achieve profits and being successful is going to be successful. I trade with OctaFX broker where I get a lot of support which is with their epic educational setup which covers all parts and is very cool in working, so that’s why I like it so much.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s