Mind your language 1

November 30, 2007

Bruce Macfarlane ("Teaching Matters", November 23) is dead right in saying that lecturing is not the same as teaching. The Open University did away with lecturing more than 30 years ago but has still topped the National Student Survey three years running. Teaching consists of interacting with students, not just telling them stuff - however clearly or theatrically.

Derek Rowntree, Lower Tadmarton, Oxon.

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