RE: Machen Redivivus?

From: Jon Allen Weatherly (
Date: Mon Sep 15 1997 - 11:22:51 EDT

I find Clay Bartholomew's remarks about the problems with traditional grammars
to be very provocative. But I find myself thinking of them rather the way that
Churchill thought of democracy, as the worst possible system, except for all

But I'd like to hear what others think. Are there alternatives to the
low-level learning process of memorizing paradigms in the first year, that is,
alternatives which do actually produce students who can use the language? I
would appreciate not just a theoretical defense of alternate methods but some
reflection on actual teaching experiences.

Jon Weatherly
Cincinnati Bible Seminary

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