Course: Teaching Grammar in Context
Grammar-Based instruction gets a bad rap among contemporary world language educators because it both detracts from and halts communication. Grammar does, however, set apart proficient speakers from non-proficient speakers. By teaching grammar in context, you can boost efficient communication while also equipping students with the grammar needed to demonstrate their level of proficiency. In this module, we will explore what initial steps educators can take to incorporate aspects of story-based, dialogic approach to focus on form.
- Teach grammar as concept and use in context.
- Students focus on meaning before form.
- PACE Model: Presentation, Attention, Co-Construction, Extension
Knowledge: Various techniques can be employed to present grammar in contexts that stress function over form.
- Identify which grammatical components can be highlighted in stories and real world examples.
- Scaffold grammar topics and present in logical order
Mindset: Stories and real-life examples are far more salient than decontextualized grammar.