Too Much or Too Little Grammar

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.

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