in: Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: Contemporary Issues in EFL Education, Servet Çelik, Editor, Vizetek Yayıncılık, Ankara, pp.83-102, 2020
Pre-Reading Questions : Take a few minutes to think about the following questions before you start to read:
What do you know about teaching and learning grammar?
What do we mean when we say traditional grammar teaching?
Remember the Grammar Translation method. What was the main principle?
Is teaching and learning grammar different today?
Introduction: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Now that you have had a chance to reflect on teaching and learning grammar, I am going to take you on an imaginary trip to the past when you were learning grammar in elementary or high school. Gently close your eyes and imagine that you are at a particular level of learning English in a particular class. Remember how you were learning. What was the classroom atmosphere like? Did you have to memorize rules of English? Were you happy to do that? See what you see, hear what you hear and feel what you feel. Bringing back those sights, sounds and feelings, gently open your eyes.
After recalling those moments in your past experiences, you have probably become aware that you were mostly required to memorize the rules of grammar. You may also have had to write these rules and make sentences with them—sentences that were out of context. These were perhaps not really meaningful for you at all.