on 2015-06-11 04:55 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] redbird
I'm not sure how new that school of thought is. Back in the 1970s, my intro Spanish textbook and my brother's intro Latin book both started with text in the target language, leaning on cognates. So the Spanish one began with something like "Hola, Miguel. Que estudies?" and the Latin book starts "Roma in Italia est. Italia in Europa est," relying on the student having had that much geography to introduce "est" for "is." Even at the time I thought the Spanish dialogue that ended with "I am studying lesson 1" was a bit twee, but it worked.

One of the first sentences we were taught in Spanish was "Como se dice en español $English_word?" Then, if we asked that in Spanish, the teacher would tell us how to say "grape" or "desk" or "railroad" (whether or not we'd already had those words in class), but "How do you say 'grape' in Spanish?" wouldn't get an answer.
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