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New Method of Teaching Modern Languages: The Analytical-Inductive Method

by Leopold Bahlsen 1903

The first two weeks will suffice to lay the foundations of instruction in the foreign language on a phonetic basis as presented in the previous chapter. The first period is sufficient for instruction regarding the organs of speech and their functions, all examples being taken from the mother-tongue and its sounds. In the second period the differences between the sounds of the mother-tongue and the foreign language are illustrated, the foreign vowels practiced, and the French or German system of vowels virtually constructed. The third period serves for repetition and practice of paradigms. In the fourth the vowel system is completed, and the pupils are familiarized with the phonetic chart, or, if such charts be not at the disposal of the teacher, with the Vokaldreieck reproduced on the blackboard. In the fifth period are to be added the diphthongs and nasal vowels. The sixth and seventh (or sixth, seventh, and eighth) suffice for the consonants, regarding which much had already been naturally learned in practicing the former paradigms. Those who introduce phonetically transcribed texts must, of course, devote further time to drill on phonetic transcription. It also depends much on the number of pupils in the class, on the ability of the children and the skill of the teacher, whether practice on the first reading-piece can really start at the beginning of the third week.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 4 Number 3, 1903, p. 223-238
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9777, Date Accessed: 9/23/2018 3:21:57 AM

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