Bunthorne's Blog

Stewart McGowan's blog

Why Teach Grammar?

I’ve been looking for a good answer to this question. Especially one that deals with all subject areas, not just English. And I think I’ve found one.

Mel Dixon used this quote in her Grammar workshop for the Hunter Region ETA:

‘Grammar has been stereotyped as tedious, unteachable and remedial… Grammar, however, is sometimes successfully taught, has symmetries and mysteries… and is an introspective and metacognitive way of thinking about our own ideas.’ (Michael Clay)

What I really like here (and what really makes sense) is that grammar is essentially a thinking strategy. Its value is not that it gives us ‘rules’ but rather ways of understanding. Works for me.


Single Post Navigation

One thought on “Why Teach Grammar?

  1. Marney on said:

    I agree! I loved grammar as a child at school; I still do! Grammar CAN be taught in an engaging way.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: