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Thank you for your clear and informative letter. The American system of foreign language instruction has not taken advantage of the more than 40 years of modern linguistic, psycholinguistic, and neurolinguistic research on language learning and development. The approach used in most American schools and universities is called the grammar-translation method that has been codified by professional teachers. Only a few instructors in the country have questioned this approach or wondered why other countries succeed in creating second language learners whereas, for the most part, American teachers have failed. Your comments are insightful and correct. Older learners who have been exposed to a translation system rather than an immersion system are suspicious of an immersion system because it is not widely used. --Harris Winitz, Ph.D. Language Development, K.C., Mo.