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Some considerations about the teaching of grammar in second/foreign language English classrooms
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study discusses the important role that grammar instruction plays in the process of teaching and acquiring a second/foreign language, focusing on the case of English. In the language teaching area, the definition of grammar has varied a lot, according to the approach to its instruction. Grammar can be denominated as a set of language forms, as a set of verbal habits and as a system that realizes the meaningful potential of a language. The study of the tragetory of the grammar concept and its instruction in language teaching approaches can be a useful resource to clarify the place of grammar in English second/foreign language teaching and how it can be implemented. The present investigation, of explanatory nature, has as objective: 1) to investigate the three main approaches to English second/foreign language instruction (The Traditional, the Audio-Oral and the Communicative approach), and the role of grammar within them: 2) to discuss the debate around the questions: a) Why to teach grammar? and b) How to teach it? and 3) to verify the use of games in English grammar lessons. My conclusion is that none of these mentioned approaches is enough in itself. Traditional and audio-oral methods can be used in communicative approaches to teach English as a second/foreign language in different moments of the lesson, depending on its purpose and content. Whatever methods may work best, the success - or failure - in effective English grammar instruction hinges largely on teachers. Besides their highly desirable expertise in this language, the teachers should be prepared to use the advantages that each approach has to offer to the language lesson.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, English language, Grammar instruction
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59351ISRN: LTU-DUPP--02/28--SELocal ID: fe35ff74-b216-47a4-8c70-1314f698f92bOAI: diva2:1032738
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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