Sorbonne Confidential offers a hilarious expose of the absurdities of how teachers of English as a Second language are selected and trained.
Though set in Paris and stuffed with wonderful specific examples of the dysfunctions of the French system (which claims the worst results in Europe), it holds rich lessons for other countries that are trying to improve their citizens' English skills as well.
China and India, though very different from France, encounter many of the same challenges. Whether they are as funny as the incidents chronicled at the Sorbonne is another question.
Sorbonne Confidential is a very entertaining and thoughtful book about what it takes to train English teachers. Teachers, students and parents will enjoy the humor, even as they weep at their situation.
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