…is not strictly of the month at all, as it’s from a blog that was last updated in 2007, but it was such a great random find I thought I’d stick it up anyway:
“In education, as in most professional fields, methodologies and hot topics of discussion take their place on center stage, make head-turning fashion statements, and quickly disappear into dimly lit theater wings. But the teaching of grammar is one of those hot topics that never completely leave the stage; and methodologies abound for its teaching and even for its avoidance.”
and though it’s maybe more style than substance (actually a nice change in TEFL writing), the body of the same article has this interesting nugget:
“In 1999, Borg observed and interviewed five teachers of English as a foreign language. He wanted to find out whether they had pedagogical reasons for incorporating regular grammar lessons into their curriculum — specifically, did teachers believe their students benefited from grammar instruction? In all cases, teachers admitted they did not believe grammar instruction had any positive effect on students; nonetheless, they continued to teach it. They did so, concludes Borg, because students expect it”
That’s almost true for me too, and seems like a perfectly good reason. Anyone else got any comments on this or on whether or how we should teach grammar generally?