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July 01, 2007

Teacher Development- Grammar Knowledge

Hello Readers,

Let's face it: many ELT professionals don't choose their profession; rather, the profession chooses them. As a result, many teachers do not feel confident in their knowledge of grammar. In fact in some cases, teachers might find that their students have actually had more training in grammar than they ever had. If you can relate...

... to this situation, you might have come up with tricks to deal with awkward moments in the classroom where difficult grammar questions are asked. While your tricks may deal with the immediate problem (i.e. saving face), you might want to consider a more long-term solution: taking a grammar class.

If you're worried about money or time spent on a course, then don't worry. The Open University (http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/home.php) offers free higher education for everyone by posting course work online for free. While you won't have tutors to check your work for you, you do have the option of posting comments about the work online and to discuss topics online with others taking the course.

There are a variety of classes to choose from, including one from the Modern Languages department called "English Grammar in Context". The learning outcomes of this course are listed below.

By the end of this unit, you should have developed a knowledge and understanding of:

* the differences between spoken and written English;
* the factors that influence use of grammar and vocabulary in speech and writing;
* the different ways in which grammar has been described.

To start learning about English Grammar in Context, go to the following link: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=170925

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at July 1, 2007 10:31 PM

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