Essential reading to anyone who has doubted once too often if there is something that needed to be changed in the way you teach.
Conversation-driven is important for the individual to develop skill and knowledge by doing it. It’s also important to remember that conversation-driven is not just talking to students. Henrick Oprea in his first post makes the distinction very clear.
I’m so glad Henrick has written these blog posts. I’ve been a firm believer in this and even though I tried to share my views on Grammar here, Henrick does a much better job explaining why we should change our mindset. His post links to older posts and his whole blog is worth reading.
Language is quite a complex system – one which we try to organise according rules and norms. One of the common ways for us to think about such organisation is prescriptively, the way many of us were taught a second or a foreign language. If we look at what David Crystal says about prescriptivism, we will see that it “is the view that one variety of the language has an inherently higher value than others, and this ought to be imposed on the whole of the speech community. The view is related especially in relation to grammar and vocabulary, and frequently with reference to pronunciation.” And here we have the three pillars of what we learn when we study a language. If we don’t learn vocabulary, we won’t be able to get our message across as other speakers of the target language won’t know what we’re saying. However, if we…
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