Teaching Grammar . Agenda . Pre Task Presenting grammar What approaches can be used to present new language structures? Presentation of grammar in textbooks Planning a grammar lesson. Discussion Questions .
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Imagine you are trying to learn a new skill, which approach do you prefer: (to be told how it works- to be shown how it works- to read about the skill in a reference book- to try using the skill- a combination of these)
What is 'grammar'? What is the role of grammar in language teaching?
Do learners need to be able to describe language to be able to communicate in that language?
What are your lessons learned when you teach grammar? Tips for new teachers?
What are the best approaches to teach grammar? Inductive or deductive?
Better for revision/remedial work on structures/functions previously introduced as, if the language is new, students may be thrown by it. Good as the language is in a natural context which illustrates its use (concepts and forms).
Gover, R., Phillips, D. & Walters, S (2001). Teaching practice handbook. Macmillan. (Chapter 6 introduces a number of approaches for presenting and practice new language.)
Thornbury, S., & Watkins, P. (2007). The CELTA Course. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Chapters 7, 8, and 12 present ideas on practicing new language.
Harmer, Jeremy.( 2003). The practice of English language teaching. 3th ed. Pearson-Longman. (P 55-58). This section covers the stages in language learning with focus on differentiating non communicative from communicative activities. Also chapter 6 on 'introducing new language structures ' covers a variety of techniques in presenting and practice new structures.