sábado, 13 de noviembre de 2010
THE ROLE OF GRAMMAR IN LANGUAGE TEACHING.
During the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s, education, influenced by the social changes of the 60’s went through a period where the teaching of grammar was thought to be stifling to creativity. Often I was made to feel like a dinosaur for teaching grammar. Oddly enough, much of the criticism came from colleagues who held master’s degrees. It was so easy for them to think like that but they already had grammar skills or they wouldn’t have been able to write a master’s thesis. Then, why did they want to deny these same skills to present and future students? Nobody is obviously against progress in education but, in the heat of the excitement of making changes, we must be very sure that what we consider to be progression is not regression, or even suppression, in disguise.
However, in this world of ‘instant everything’ the art of discipline is easily eroded. With the flick of a switch, the push of a button, the turn of a dial, or the click of a mouse, we can be distracted immediately. Mastering a technique is not instant. It needs the discipline to focus, to organize, and to practise. It also needs the encouragement of parents and teachers. It is time to stop giving grammar a bad name and look at it for what it is: a technique. It is a tool that can enhance creativity, not stifle it.