ERIC Number: EJ910351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Reference Count: 11
The Case for a Realistic Beginning-Level Grammar Syllabus: The Round Peg in the Round Hole
Heining-Boynton, Audrey L.
Hispania, v93 n1 p96-100 Mar 2010
The time has come to create a realistic grammar syllabus in the beginning language courses. Yet why do some in the profession insist that all grammar must be taught in the first year of language learning? Abundant data from decades of research on topics such as human memory, chunking, and second language acquisition exist that overwhelmingly support "not" to do so, but rather to frontload language learning with only the necessary grammar to have students communicate at a beginning, appropriate level. The research supports the goal of presenting grammar at the point of need and usage. This position paper will explore (1) how language educators arrived at their current state of affairs, and (2) the support for a realistic, doable grammar syllabus in beginning language courses.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Grammar, Course Descriptions, Introductory Courses, Language Usage, Teaching Methods
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