Despite the bashing, trashing, and thrashing we do of language teaching methods, learners continue to learn. Some may be better than others at comprehending, conversing, composing, analyzing, or translating, but learning of one kind or another still takes place. I do not wish to sound cynical, but it's not self-evident to me that those who were taught following Communicative_Language_Teaching guidelines, for example, are necessarily better than those who were reared in the Audiolingual regimen. It looks like much of what we learn boils down to what
WE, learners, decide to achieve outside formal learning environments. In other words, independent, self-driven learning may hold the secret to our successes (or failures).
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