ERIC Number: ED406829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Grammar and Its Teaching: Challenging the Myths. ERIC Digest.
This digest considers the misconception that grammar is a collection of arbitrary rules about static structures in a language by challenging 10 common myths about grammar and its teaching. The myths include the following: (1) grammar is acquired naturally; it need not be taught; (2) grammar is a collection of meaningless forms; (3) grammar consists of arbitrary rules; (4) grammar is boring; (5) students have different styles and not all students can learn grammar; (6) grammar structures are learned one at a time; (7) grammar has to do only with sentence-level and subsentence-level phenomena; (8) grammar and vocabulary are areas of knowledge; reading, writing, speaking, and listening are the four skills; (9) grammars provide the rules/explanations for all the structures in a language; and (10) "I don't know enough about grammar to teach it." (JL)
Descriptors: English, English (Second Language), Grammar, Language Acquisition, Language Usage, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.