13 June 2007

The Teacher's Guide to Grammar

The other day I overheard a young girl of around eight ask her mother "What's a phoneme?" Not surprisingly, her mother didn't even understand the question. And the girl added, "I think it's part of a word" - which was not a bad shot.This made me realise just how deeply the teaching of formal grammar was back in our national curriculum. And when I thought of the poor teachers having to implement this policy, my heart sank on their behalf. I think Deborah Cameron would understand and sympathise with this feeling, because this book is aimed specifically at existing and would-be classroom teachers. They now have the unenviable task of introducing what is essentially the study of linguistics into the daily life of schoolchildren... Read more >>

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