Unwanted criticism

5th May 2000 at 01:00
I READ with interest the article suggesting that students make better progress if their hosts correct them (TES, April 21). My own son returned from a French exchange two weeks ago and complained that his exchange partner's father (who spoke very good English) constantly corrected his mistakes for his first coupleof days. After this he becme demoralised and gave up speaking French to the family.

Surely, the important thing first is to be able to communicate and be understood. When a little confidence has been established, it might then be appropriate to begin to correct mistakes, but not too soon.

Mick Richardson

96 Sheepcote Lane

London SW11

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