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TESOL FRANCE 2007 The logic of spoken English and how to teach it. Is there a grammar of spoken English ? View 1 : Spoken English has no grammar at all: it is grammatically inchoate. (Leech 1998 English Grammar in Conversation ). Is there a grammar of spoken English ?

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TESOL FRANCE 2007

The logic of spoken English and how to teach it.

Dave Willis


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Is there a grammar of spoken English?

View 1: Spoken English has no grammar at all: it is grammatically inchoate.

(Leech 1998 English Grammar in Conversation)

Dave Willis


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Is there a grammar of spoken English?

View 1: Spoken English has no grammar at all: it is grammatically inchoate.

If there were no grammar at all we would find it quite impossible to communicate.

There no impossible at we find quite to if were grammar communicate all would it.

Dave Willis


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Is there a grammar of spoken English?

View 1: Spoken English has no grammar at all: it is grammatically inchoate.

View 2: Spoken grammar does not have a special grammar: its grammar is just the same as the grammar of written English.

View 3: Spoken English does have a special grammar.

(Leech 1998 English Grammar in Conversation)

Dave Willis


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4 Working conclusion: a pedagogical

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Most pedagogic models teach neither written grammar nor spoken grammar. They teach a sentence grammar - they teach learners how to make sentences. Learners are then required to adapt this basic sentence grammar to meet a range of communicative needs.

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  • Spoken language appears to be untidy

  • It omits words and phrases

  • It is additive

  • It is often repetitive

  • It is often ‘vague’

  • Conversation is overtly interactive

  • Exchanges are often formulaic

  • Some speech acts are governed by routines

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Please email any comments to:

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Dave Willis


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