This article is about Nova, Japan’s biggest English conversation school, and how it has been suspended for illegal business practices.
English Teaching Gets a Shake in Japan – OhmyNews International
Of course it is interesting because it details how the company has been ripping off its clients, but also Nova and other schools market white, blond, blue-eyed native English speaker teachers. Very weird, very racist.
One detail I would like to clear up is that mimicry is a legitimate language learning method.
Instead of learning how the language works in practice, they at times end up mimicking.
The audio-lingual method is a perfectly legitimate language learning method, and stresses mimicry and memorization