ERIC Number: ED382024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Grammar Matters. Pathfinder 17. A CILT Series for Language Teachers.
Issues in the teaching of grammar in a second language are explored, and classroom presentation methods are discussed. The first chapter introduces four views of grammar and its use: as description; terminology; rules; and pattern. Each is illustrated with examples from instructional materials in several languages. In the second chapter, the direct and indirect approaches to teaching grammar are distinguished, and three approaches used in practice are described and illustrated: (1) grammar presented and practiced implicitly; (2) explicit grammar practiced as pattern; and (3) explicit grammar formally discussed. The third chapter addresses the teacher's choice of approach, noting that the choice will rest primarily on the language elements concerned and the learners' needs. The fourth chapter outlines some points on which the teacher may want to reflect in selecting the appropriate technique for teaching grammar. Contains a six-item list for further reading. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Grammar, Instructional Design, Language Patterns, Pattern Drills (Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Languages
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain
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