Unit – 3: TEACHING GRAMMAR
Grammar is the means through which linguistic creativity is ultimately achieved… -WILKINS
Systematic attention to grammar is neither necessary nor sufficient for learning to use a language…. – NEWMARK
The grammar book and the grammar curriculum are like the luggage of an unskilled camper…. -MICHAEL WEST
What is grammar?
Grammar is the total mechanism which a language possesses and through which its users are able to communicate with each other.
Grammar refers to the formal analysis and description of the rules of the language. This is known as ‘Descriptive grammar’.
Grammar also refers to the rules for the correct use of a language which may be prescribed for its users.
Objectives of Teaching Grammar:
1. It helps to use the language effectively.
2. Knowledge of the underlying ‘rules’ of grammar is provided.
3. To develop students insight into the structure of English language.
4. To enable the students to assimilate the correct patterns of the language.
5. To teach grammar as a rule governed behaviour.
6. To develop the mental abilities of reasoning and correct observation.
7. To develop a scientific attitude in pupils.
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