This is a reply to an article in the Review of July 14th on the teaching of languages in France. It is important that one should fully realise what is aimed at in the study of a language; Saint Paul says that to students should be given the taste for reading what is printed in the foreign country; that they should be able to follow the scientific, literary, artistic movement in the country. He considers Mr. Laudenbach's opinion that the knowledge of a language from reading alone is rough or insufficient, too exacting, and that the view that we might as well not know a language at all as only possess the visual key is obviously an exaggeration. He also joins issue with him when he sets down visualisers as apathetic. Far from unfitting any one for the possession of a full and complete knowledge of a language, the visual method is a useful preparation.
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