I was thinking the same thing, but I do miss the old atmosphere of the Open Board, which was more friendly. I think heavier topics should be discussed in the Academy, but that would mean less mudslinging and more coherency for... some.
As for the topic of this thread:
1. How widely used are composition books in your country/region and if used, at what level are they first introduced?
You live in basically the same region as I do (on the world scale) so you probably know more about this than I do. I do not know of any class for any language nearby that makes use of a composition book, unfortunately. The focus here seems to be a sharp ultimatum between either a reading coursev(e.g. Oxford) or a grammar course (e.g. Wheelock), for Latin at least. There are only a few places in the entire state where you can learn Greek in a classroom, so I know nothing about that.
2. If you feel composition books are declining in use - why so?
Certainly. I think people tend to want the quickest method these days, at the cost of comprehension, vocabulary, and appreciation of the actual literature... with Latin (who even learns Greek these days?).
This has all been said before though. Just as English-speakers are fearing and disregarding grammar in our own language, they are loathe to learn the grammar of another language, unless it is disguised by stories, pictures, and layman terms.
3. If you have used them - do you think they have helped you. If you haven't used them - why not?
I love them, although when there are no explanations for the concepts, it can sometimes be hard to place yourself at the correct place in the book, especially since they proceed in not the same progression as every teacher uses today.
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