I have recently attended Spanish courses at a London adult education college. The tuition was excellent; the dozen or so British students came from the widest possible spectrum of educational, social, cultural and racial backgrounds, and their ages ranged from 20 to 80.
But roughly half of each session was wasted while our young Spanish teacher and the older members of the class struggled to teach the younger ones the basic elements of English grammar. The meaning of words such as 'participle', 'preposition' or 'pronoun' were as unknown to the under-30s as any in the Spanish vocabulary.
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