Author: Diane Larsen-Freeman
This course explores the role grammar plays in helping English Language Learners improve their language skills. You’ll begin from a more global perspective by exploring seven definitions of grammar. You will then move to the differences between patterns and rules and why second-language learners benefit from instruction on both.
Next, you'll analyze why students need to understand the three dimensions of grammar—form, meaning, and use—and how viewing grammar as a dynamic and changing system helps students overcome many challenges. You'll also discover why teaching grammar in a way that makes it personally meaningful to your students brings the best results.
Because teaching isn't just about presenting lessons, you’ll also review the importance of "reading" your students—observing them to figure out what learning processes they're using. By contrasting rote—or mechanical—grammar practice with meaningful practice, you will gain insight into which activities and exercises help students overcome the unique challenges presented by grammatical structures. Finally, you will learn how the specific errors students make reveal their unique challenges, allowing you to develop practice activities that pinpoint these challenges.