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Things that matter in grammar teaching: Michael Swan

Things that matter in grammar teaching: Michael Swan | TELT | Scoop.it

 

Do you feel like you teach enough grammar in the classroom - too much or too little? Can we ever expect our English language learners to produce perfect grammar?

Michael Swan, is a well-known ELT author, famous for his books on teaching grammar. Learn Michael Swan’s three ‘Ex’s for teaching grammar and how to include grammar in other language practice.

Michael Swan looks at the theory and practice of grammar, and its role in the classroom.

- See more at: http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/seminars/some-things-matter-grammar-teaching-and-some-things-dont#sthash.kUohUItw.dpufVideo
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Video plus handouts from British Council training session

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That's exactly the kind of worries I have so I'm sure it's yours too!

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Michael Swan: interview by Darren Elliott

Michael Swan: interview by Darren Elliott | TELT | Scoop.it
An Interview with Michael Swan from darren elliott on Vimeo. I was very happy to speak to Michael Swan at the JALT conference in Nagoya in November 2010, and now you can listen to what he had to sa...
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Swan: teachers should calculate the most effective use of teaching time available, and avoid overemphasising grammar to the detriment of other areas (vocabulary, fluency).

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Swan, 1985: A critical look at the communicative approach

Swan, M. (1985). A critical look at the communicative approach (1). ELT journal,39(1), 2-12. [open access]

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Criticism of CLT by Michael Swan who refutes a number of arguments using quotes from Widdowson and Candlin among others.  

 

Top quote: "Foreigners have mother tongues: they know as much as we do about how human beings communicate."

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