IWTYAL 184: My students have holes in their grammar
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Ferdinand asks: “How do I repair holes in my students' grammar?”
- How holes in your grammar can develop
- Different roles for the teacher:
- Teach what you know is right
- Teach what the student expects
- Raising awareness is the only way to help students self-monitor and fix their own mistakes
- If students resist basic grammar exercises, look for another way…
How to raise awareness and encourage self-monitoring:
- Talk to them about their goals, and how better grammar would help
- “Stealth grammar”
- Record the student and have them listen back
- Write two sentences on the board, ask: “What's the difference?”
- Set writing tasks instead of speaking tasks – scaffold their language and highlight opportunities for better grammar
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