When no-one ever seems to learn any ?
Should grammar be taught from the most basic level, should it be worked in ad hoc in lessons, or should it be left until Intermediate or above as a fine tuning exercise ?
I’ve done a CELTA course, read Harmer’s The Practice of ELT, Stephen Krashen’s The Natural Approach, Scott Thornbury’s How to Teach Grammar, Scrivener’s Learning Teaching, and taught adults and kids in Taiwan and I’m none the wiser. Why do we bother ? We had to do no less than 3 grammar lessons on the CELTA, and as far as I could see the more teacher centred it was the better. It seemed to be a case of “modern methodologies for other skills / systems, but hey when you teach grammar it has to be PPP”. Surely not ? Maybe someone can help me out because I don’t see how formal or even semi-formal grammar instruction results in students applying grammar rules correctly ?