The Importance Of Teaching Grammar

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Grammar is a system and structure of language. To me grammar is more than just knowing the rules and standards; it is being able to apply them in writing. Growing up I was taught all of the grammar rules through many grammar worksheets. However, my Pedagogical Grammar class gave me a new outlook on how to teach grammar. I will use strategies learned from my peers, research, experience, and my grammar class to explain how I will teach my students grammar. When I heard that I needed to take Pedagogical Grammar I just knew that I was probably going to have to do a lot of writing. When I got into the class I realized that this class was going to teach me how to teach my students grammar. I was very excited and interested to get started. For our…show more content…
The traditional method includes the use of grammar worksheets and memorization of grammar rules. Students learn the grammar rules, but do not understand how to use them in their writing. Grammar worksheets tend to make students frustrated. They form a hate for learning grammar. From my experience as a student I was not good at grammar worksheets. Therefore I always hated going to English class. While it is very important for students to learn the grammar rules there are other ways for them to learn besides memorization and grammar worksheets. During class a student made a suggestion to use grammar worksheets sparingly. This student explained to use the worksheets has a foundation for learning the grammar to build off…show more content…
One of these methods is teaching grammar through reading and writing. Students can learn correct grammar by reading passages or their peers writing. A teacher can use a strategy called grouping to have students teach each other about grammar. From the article Grouping Students to Teach Grammar, Breznak and Scott suggest that, “Students learn best when they teach to someone else” (Breznak and Scott, 2003). Students can be given a writing prompt and have their peers edit their work. This is a great way to get students working together, while learning how to correct mistakes in grammar. Another method of teaching grammar is using games. Research has shown that teaching through games give students the excitement to learn. It provides students with the hands-on learning experience. Vernon explains, “Grammar games help children not only gain knowledge but be able to apply and use that learning” (Vernon, 2006). The method of teaching students grammar through writing is another useful strategy. Through writing students can learn how to apply their grammar knowledge and learn from it. In my Pedagogical grammar class this is one of the methods my teacher used. She had us write on a given topic then revise our own writing. I found this method to be very beneficial in my learning of
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