I couldn't possibly have an answer to your question albeit an interesting one. Thank you for posting
I've been too busy during my life working harder than most for the well being of my family and building my business, to take any interest in Latin, god, and whether the ozone layer is at a level that is likely to be damaging to the World
Learning Latin for 99% of the Worlds population will not pay your mortgage, pay the bills and put money in your pocket
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All one has to do is to look how children learn to speak. They do not learn to write until later i ...
+Well, this is a much hackneyed belief coming from N America and it has some merits but it is used like a bulldozer to ram down all teaching methods, successful and not so successful, that differ from it. The truth is that the sooner you learn to read, the sooner you can learn the language by modelling your thought processes and language on originals. You then become your own teacher.
But why discuss this? The original post is about teaching Chinese to ADULT foreign learners, not to primary school pupils. You will have to agree that learning how to look up a word in a dictionary is of paramount impolrtance, perhaps more so for Chinese than for other languages.
I still don't know how this new method imparts identical information on phonetics to speakers of different mother tongue speakers. All foreigners are baffled by the need of Mandarin to have Hanyu Pinyin spellings such as "Q", "ZH", "Z", "C", "CH" and "J". There is no single approach to teaching these sounds that applies to speakers of all foreign tongues.