I recently received a request for an article for a teachers’ journal in Denmark. The editor wrote:
The teaching of grammar in Danish secondary schools seems to be moving back towards a rather traditional view on grammar (for example, an A-level examination in English testing whether students can correct wrong sentences and explain the rules of grammar). I was hoping that an article by you may offer a new perspective on the teaching of grammar and authentic language.
The Grammar Lesson
The teacher enters briskly, taps the board:
‘Now pay attention, class, and not a word.’
Her steely gaze subdues the general clamour.
‘I’m going to teach the rules of English grammar.’
‘I’ll start by explicating all the tenses,
Their forms, a few examples, and their senses.
We’ll finish, as is usual with a test.
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