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Grammar - MFL PGCE and GTP

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by aligru, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. I did my GTP a few years ago and I'd like to know whether people on a PGCE course get any training in how to teach what grammar in KS3 and 4. Grammar was not focused on at all during my training and I wonder whether it is the same on PGCE courses.
  2. FrauSue

    FrauSue New commenter

    I think it varies from course to course, so you will get quite differing responses. I was taught to teach grammar in an integrated way (e.g. through use of classroom language) and encourage pupils to work out the rules for themselves where possible. My department has a fairly traditional approach to grammar so my teaching style is somewhere between the two.
    If you're interested in grammar teaching, the following articles may be useful:
    Shaffer, C., 1989. A Comparison of Inductive and Deductive Approaches to Teaching Foreign Languages. The Modern Language Journal, 73 (4), pp. 395-403. - She gives a good overview of why a more inductive approach to grammar may be useful to all students, regardless of ability.
    Schmidt, R., 2001. Attention. In: Robinson, P. (ed.) Cognition and Second Language Instruction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 3-32. - I like this chapter. Schmidt talks about highlighting salient features of texts and getting pupils to notice what there is to be noticed.
    A useful book might be Grammar and the Language Teacher by Bygate, M., Tonkins, A. and Williams, E. (eds.), 1994. Published by Prentice Hall.
    Hope that helps.


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