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Teaching English as a dead language

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7294.1131/a (Published 05 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1131
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Many years ago I learned English. I don't mean mother's-knee English—although I'm told that I learned that quite quickly, and grew a vocabulary from the Sunday broadsheets at an age that I'd rather keep to myself—I mean learning proper English.

    I was taught for five years by a man who took it all very seriously. He had even written a book. He would plan the week's work on a Monday. (“Monday, my book. Tuesday, Keats. Wednesday, …

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