English and Grammar

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I never really understood that urge English teachers have to put their students through endless grammar exercises… and as a teacher myself felt I had to do it too… but, as I realised much later, only both under syllabus and peer pressure…

All I remembered until then, as a native, is that we never really did or studied grammar at school… and grammar only walked into my life as a university student studying languages and teaching English… still grammar seems to be going strong…

If we so much as stop and think about our subject and what it entails (i.e. teaching English and making students proficient in the language) we might realise we could well be wasting a lot of time and effort… all to no avail… as I realised while teaching… to the point I eventually gave up grammar books…

English is not -so to speak- a ‘grammar’ language as are Romance languages… it is more of a language that works on drills… most of its structures rest on a few simple rules or cases which need to be learnt… why all those big grammar books ?

Moreover as it is true in all languages by the time students can speak they don’t need to learn the grammar they by then master…

Coming to terms with this Grammar obsession so many teachers suffer from would mean saving a lot of precious time and wasted efforts… and make lessons more efficient and enjoyable !

Jesse CRAIGNOU (jesse.craignou@yahoo.fr)

PS : I regularly train and coach teachers through workshops and seminars… contact me if you think I can assist you…

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