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Apr 28, 2017

Ferdinand asks: "How do I repair holes in my students' grammar?"

Episode Summary:

  • How holes in your grammar can develop
  • Different roles for the teacher:
    • Teach what you know is right
    • Teach what the student expects
  • Raising awareness is the only way to help students self-monitor and fix their own mistakes
  • If students resist basic grammar exercises, look for another way...

How to raise awareness and encourage self-monitoring:

  • Talk to them about their goals, and how better grammar would help
  • "Stealth grammar"
  • Record the student and have them listen back
  • Write two sentences on the board, ask: "What's the difference?"
  • Set writing tasks instead of speaking tasks - scaffold their language and highlight opportunities for better grammar

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