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Dear Murat! You are right as to babies. As I said I think it is possible to teach small children in such a way. Like you, I know some people who learned English from spoken language but during my 25 year teaching practice I've met only a few who spoke very good English. They all learned from native speakers. But even those people made many mistakes when they wrote. So, I think that only combination of grammar, listening, speaking and writing practice can give perfect results in teaching adults.
Murat Ozturk said:Hi Tanya,
I agree with you about learning grammar. But you don't need to learn grammar of a language if you want to speak it fast. If you don't want people to learn a foreign language the most important thing you'll have to do will be making them study grammar. I met many people who don't know anything about grammar but are able to speak better than those who are really good at grammar. Maybe, studying grammar is useful for native speakers to improve their knowledge about their own languages. When a baby is born, he is never thaught grammar to construct sentences. Am I wrong?
Take care of you all,