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Teaching English ‘the Greek way’

Learning a foreign language like English, which is based on the alphabetic system, is easy for students whose mother tongue is also an alphabetic one like Greek. Since words of Greek origin are widely used in English, things are even better for Greek students.Moreover, both English and Greek are considered SVO (Subject-Verb-Object) languages, which, in...

Grammar nonsense

Welcome to this teaser of grammar nonsense. It contains three new chapters that are a taste of what we cover in our more extended collection of rants and reflections on how the ELT industry views grammar and how it should be learnt and taught. Grammar nonsense is a collective, industry-wide problem where each individual part of the ‘family’ -education...

Good Grief! Yet Another Article on Grammar & Vocabulary?

Grammar and Vocabulary are deemed by many as the cornerstones of language learning. Although this claim does have merit, as these two elements will establish a sound foundation to build upon, both educators and students alike must also acknowledge the fact that there is a broader picture to examine. What about productive skills like writing or speaking...

Can you put fun in Grammar Lessons?

  Mention the word “grammar” and students will cringe. In fact, most teachers will cringe, too. Of course, teachers know correct grammar rules, but it’s one thing to know them, and another thing to effectively teach them, and transmit them so that students not only understand the rules, but also apply them correctly. Many experienced teachers say that...

The Grammar Acquisition Process

The whole second language acquisition process is cyclical and it involves six stages. They are: input, noticing, intake, structuring, proceduralization, and output. First of all, in the input stage, it is learners’ new exposure to the second language and therefore, the input should be comprehensible for them in order to learn the language. Input can be...

Should We Teach Grammar?

 Dr Krashen is one of the world leaders in the fields of bilingual education, neurolinguistics, second language acquisition and literacy. He has authored over 250 articles and books and has received numerous awards.  At one time, it was assumed that the only way of developing grammatical competence in a second language was through direct teaching...