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The importance of immersion: Foreign language instruction must be more interactive

The Collegiate Times – Nistha Dube

“As a student who has been studying Spanish for six years now, I decided to pursue a Spanish minor coming into college in hopes of mastering the language. I enjoyed learning about the various cultural elements and linguistic trends of the Latin American dialects throughout high school. Nevertheless, six classes later, I still can’t say I feel confident holding an in-depth conversation with a native speaker. After years of memorizing grammatical patterns, conjugation rules and endless vocabulary lists, I’ve realized that while I may be able to draft an impeccable AP-style essay within 20 minutes, I continue to struggle to string words together when attempting to speak the language.”(more)

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