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Get it Right from the Beginning

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get it right from the beginning: This is a behaviouralist view to learning language and error correction.  Language is a matter of habit and getting speakers into good habits means producing error free speech from the beginning. Drills are hoisted on students until they get it right.  This is the least enlightened of language teaching and error correction methods. Drilling students does not generally result in competency and fluency in language.  In fact, this approach may hinder more than help language acquisition.