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How much grammar do you really need to know?

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  • lukedella
    27 January, 2010 at 16:43
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    Just a quick one, I’m currently reading all sorts of grammar books to boost my knowledge before I even attempt to spend my hard earned money on doing a CELTA course.

    But how much do you really need to know? Do you need to know all the pronouns and their terms such as, reflective pronoun, quantifer pronouns, etc or is everything classed just as a pronoun?

    If anyone out there would be kind enough to just give me some key points on what kind of grammar most course books focuses and the terms which are being used I would be grateful


    2 February, 2010 at 22:34
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    Reply To: How much grammar do you really need to know?

    Hi Luke and welcome to the forum

    You are certainly not expected to know a huge amount of grammar before you start the CELTA.

    You will learn a lot on the course, and there will probably be a few input sessions on specific grammar areas, but the focus of the course really isn’t about that – it’s about learning how to teach, and teaching grammar is just one of many different aspects.

    What you’ll have to do, therefore, is study the particular grammar point that you’re asked to teach in each of your teaching practice sessions, and you’ll be assessed on the teaching skills and methodology you use to get this grammar point across to your students.

    So, in summary, knowing a huge amount of grammar would certainly give you a bit of a head-start in some ways, but if you have time to do a lot of reading beforehand, I would focus your energies on something like "Learning Teaching" by Jim Scrivener, a great introductory book for all aspects of teaching, rather than focusing exclusively on grammar.

    Hope that helps, and good luck.


    31 March, 2010 at 7:29
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    Reply To: How much grammar do you really need to know?

    To me memorizing Grammar rules is not a reasonable way to learning any language because the requirement in fact is to be able to use the language practically. I read English Grammar but learned a lot from reading Native Writers.

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