This module is designed to make sure that you are aware of your own grammar, andaware that it is essential to get to grips with it. When you are teaching ESOL you donot need to tell your students the grammatical terminology unless they specificallyask for the information (language-conscious nationalities will, even at lower levels)or unless you are teaching advanced students who need the terminology. However you do need to know the terminology for yourself, both to be able to answer suchquestions if the students ask you and to be clear about what point you are teachingand why you are teaching it.In order to complete this unit you will need to use a reference grammar. If you havenot examined different grammars, we do not suggest that you buy one at this stage,as there are many on the market and you may not be comfortable with the first oneyou see. A good library will have a selection to choose from. When you haveexamined a few we suggest that, for this work, you get hold of a copy of PracticalEnglish Usage by Swan or a recent edition of A Practical English Grammar byThomson and Martinet, whichever you feel you can most comfortably use. If you arealready working in the field of TESOL and have a different grammar you should beable to use that so long as it was not written for use by Shakespeare! The Englishlanguage is not static and some older grammars will now be out of date - both in thelanguage they choose to describe and the way they describe it. Check for examplewhat your grammar book says about the difference between ‘will’ and ‘shall’.If it tells you that:the ‘correct’ way to use them is ‘shall’ with the ‘I’ form : ‘I/we shall’ and ‘will’ withother formsand gives examples like:‘
I shall not clean the kitchen, he will clean it
,’then you are in trouble and need a new book!It is worth remembering that people enter the world of TESOL from a variety of backgrounds. Therefore some of you will find these tasks quite straightforward dueto your academic background, while others will need to spend time searchingthrough a grammar in order to make sense of them. Take your time, that is theadvantage of a Distance Learning Course. After you have studied a topic in your grammar book it is useful to give yourself time to listen out for it in daily life, just asyour students try to do!There is no pressure to be the first to finish. But there may be pressure on you fromstudents if you do not take time do this section well!Do not depress yourself with the notion that there is somewhere one ultimate set of grammatical rules which we 'know' and you must learn. This is not true. The famousadage:
Rules are made to be broken
.’ was never truer than for English grammar.But there are useful rules to share with students and knowing a rule can help themsucceed. When you are teaching and you do not know the rule (let us assume this isa momentary lapse as you
know it!) use
(explained in thismodule).
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