TITLE

TEACHING GRAMMAR AND WHAT STUDENT ERRORS IN THE USE OF THE ENGLISH AUXILIARY 'BE' CAN TELL US

AUTHOR(S)
Samad, Arshad Abd; Hussein, Hawanum
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
English Teacher;2010, Vol. 39, p164
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In teaching grammar, teachers often are faced with the dilemma of either emphasising the formal properties of the language or its meaning aspect. One of the more popular language teaching approaches of the last three decades has been the communicative approach. This approach has had a significant impact on the teaching of grammar as its objective of communicative competence has led to a diminished role for grammar teaching. However, of late, numerous voices have advocated a more prominent role for grammar in achieving this objective. The question of whether to emphasise form or meaning remains central. Several theorists have attempted to reconcile the differences between the two emphases. This paper, however, suggests that the errors that learners make can inform teachers on whether a relatively stronger emphasis on form or meaning is required. This paper will focus on one particular grammatical structure -- i.e. the auxiliary be -- and suggest specific teaching techniques that may be appropriate based on the kinds of errors students make. It will use language data from an available corpus of the language of Malaysian English language students to examine the use of the auxiliary be. Learner errors will be analysed according to possible intended meanings and sources of errors. The paper will also attempt to provide a taxonomy of different types of grammar teaching based on learner errors and extend the discussion of grammar teaching to the development of appropriate curricular treatment of grammatical structures.
ACCESSION #
77533112

 

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