Threshold moments in learning languages

“The experience of reading without reference to word order, once students “get it,” can be exhilarating, like being freed from a kind of gravity.”

A great description of a “threshold moment” in learning. I think these always happen in learning a new language, if you follow it far enough. Maybe if all students learned a language, they would become more open to threshold moments in their other fields?

James Romm, NYT 1.3.16

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About caesarc2019

Cheryl Caesar lived in Paris, Tuscany and Sligo for 25 years; she earned her doctorate in comparative literature at the Sorbonne and taught literature and phonetics. She now teaches writing at Michigan State University. She gives readings locally and has published poems in Writers Resist and The Mark Literary Review; and Poetry Leaves, The Trinity Review, The Mojave River Review and Total Eclipse (forthcoming).
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