A recent discussion on a teachers’forum has made me wonder amusingly and bemusedly again about correctness, prescriptive grammar rules and how English teachers just LOVE grammar and arguing about it - I wish lexis would prompt such heated debates, for example what verb should go with knowledge: gain or acquire? or some such.
Among the comments about pointlessness of teaching grammar to students - why bother if native speakers make mistakes - the one that stuck with me was an amusing remark made by my friend, colleague and former co-mentor Adele who often comes by this blog (Adele, are you reading?). She wrote:
[…] It took me a while after marrying a Brit, to get used tothe poor grammar prevalent in the even among many educated people. UKAdele
Interesting thought… Recently I was coordinating Jeremy Harmer’s visit to
As part of his programme, he was scheduled to appear as a keynote speaker at theannual study day organised by the Forum for College English Department
Heads with his talk in which he (mildly) criticizes Dogme. The talk originally
Teaching Unplugged Beats Acquisition? What to Teach to Who, with What and Why