Do you feel like you teach enough grammar in the classroom – too much or too little?
One of my concerns about the current state of EFL, particularly in schools that implement content-based language instruction is that grammar has taken a back seat and sometimes is even left at the curb.
Having taught in a content-based school while also tutoring students from a more traditional program, I noticed something interesting. The students from my school were more familiar and comfortable with academic concepts in English, but my tutoring students had “cleaner” English.
I shared this observation with a friend who owns a language school near where I live. The students in her school represent students from two different systems, one traditional and one content-based, and she seemed to notice the same thing.
Michael Swan, a well-known ELT author famous for his books on teaching grammar, asks us to reflect on the question:
Am I teaching enough grammar?
Watch his video where he discusses his thoughts on teaching too much or too little grammar and let me know what you think below in the comments.
I am curious to know where my readers stand.