Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head

The grammar of grammar

Do students need more grammar?

No they don’t.

Students don’t need more grammar, do they?

Did students need more grammar yesterday?

No, they didn’t.

They haven’t needed more grammar since Intermediate.

OK, but has more grammar been needed by students since Intermediate?

Will they need more grammar? Are they going to need more grammar? Will they be needing more grammar? Will they have needed more grammar by Advanced level? Will they have been needing more grammar since Intermediate?

If they study English post Intermediate, do they need more grammar?

If they studied English post Intermediate, would they need more grammar?

If they had studied English post Intermediate, would they have needed more grammar?

If they had studied English post Intermediate, would they need more grammar?

Must they study more grammar? Maybe not but they have to study more grammar anyway.

Do they need any grammar? They need some grammar.

Grammar based syllabi make for lessons this dull.

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One comment on “The grammar of grammar

  1. Pingback: Grammar – prescribe, proscribe or innovate? by Nicola Prentis | BELTA – The Belgian English Language Teachers Association

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This entry was posted on December 30, 2012 by in Learning English, Teaching English and tagged , , , .
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