Writing on behalf of both Chris Lohan and Shirley Goldwin:-
We think too much depth is being taught too quickly and too much is being asked of these students most of whom are in the 60+ age bracket. They need to practise to reinforce and after all are only in their 2nd year of learning the game.. It’s no good thinking that they will pick up a concept instantly. People who have never taught would be astonished at how slowly some people learn. The aim is make the lessons informative and enjoyable, the topics comprehensible and memorable and to give confidence and not demoralise. On the other hand one cannot plug away at the same topic for too long as boredom sets in. We do not follow the exact order or timings as set out in all the various notes. We tailor each lesson to the needs of the group, speeding up or slowing down as necessary. It does mean that one lesson plan does not necessarily work for all groups. But that’s how we both taught in school. Shirley has just spent 5 weeks on weak 2’s, responses & overcalls and they have chosen to play yet more hands. Of course it’s not just the bidding but defence & declarer play.
Our particular gripe is hands on a specific topic which include hands which are not putting into practising that topic. e.g. Weak 2’s. There are many examples.
Responses to 2C
We play, and teach a simple relay response of 2D. Takes away the agony of working out the value of responder's hand. After all responder doesn’t know the value of their hand until the opener’s rebid. Unnecessary learning in our view.
Stayman & Transfers
These should be introduced much earlier than the end of Book 2. They are the foundation of a bidding system - although not to be taught at the very beginning. Taken to much more easily & quickly than reopening doubles and fourth suit forcing. Much easier than cue bids.
Should continue to be included. I don’t think they are as rare as is sometimes thought.
Printing mistakes Book 2
We are sure there are more but this is one discovered recently.
Book 2 p 26 Hand 7 14 cards in the N hand
Hand 8 N has no clubs which should be K65