ERIC Number: ED251843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
The Great Grammar Myth. Occasional Paper No. 5.
Elgin, Suzette Haden
Proposing that the utility of formal grammar instruction has never been put to the test, this booklet first explains the heretofore negative research results and explains why all the good intentions behind them have not kept those results from being essentially useless. The remainder of the booklet describes an experiment in which there were no textbooks, grammar books, outside reading, homework, drills, lectures, prewriting, revision, or outside assigned writing. Two experimental classes of remedial English students were given in-class essays to write and grammatical problems to solve. (A sample problem is presented.) The final test results were compared to test results of four control classes, showing no difference between the experimental and the control groups. (HOD)
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Grammar, Grammatical Acceptability, Higher Education, Linguistic Competence, Teaching Methods, Traditional Grammar, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.