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  • Mar 14, 2012
  • 03:09 PM

English that's good enough

Marina Warner / The Guardian
I feel very strongly that the ideal shouldn't be mastery of another language, because that's an unachievable goal and holding it up as the aim just makes students feel hopeless. Good-enough English, good-enough French, good-enough Arabic is quite enough – to adapt the wise and humane British psychologist DW Winnicott's term, "good-enough mothering".

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