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Shortcomings of popular textbooks like JACT

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Shortcomings of popular textbooks like JACT

Postby Paco » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:33 am

Some experienced learners not infrequently show discontent with popular "contemporary" textbooks such as JACT and Athenaze. What are the shortcomings of them? Thank you.
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Re: Shortcomings of popular textbooks like JACT

Postby daivid » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:40 pm

Paco wrote:Some experienced learners not infrequently show discontent with popular "contemporary" textbooks such as JACT and Athenaze. What are the shortcomings of them? Thank you.

The readings of JACT are not related to the grammar that is freshly introduced. Rather they have simply leveled down the texts so that the learner can more or less handle them. The exercises are tedious and unfocused. The grammatical explanations are either too brief to be of use or overlong and hence confusing.

Athenaze has better explanations but in the second volume there is very sharp rise in difficulty in which we are dropped into the deep end of unadapted text.
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Re: Shortcomings of popular textbooks like JACT

Postby Markos » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:19 pm

There is not enough input comprehensible to beginners. The readings become too hard too quickly.
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