Grammar is a component in all language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Teachers need to know rules of grammar (teacher knowledge) as well as techniques that help students use grammar effectively and effortlessly (teaching knowledge). Using reflective practice to help teachers become comfortable with teaching grammar, this easy-to-follow guide defines grammar from a teacher perspective, shows how corpus linguistics can be a useful tool, covers basic concepts of grammar research, and addresses important components of teaching grammar. Teaching Grammar is a valuable addition to the literature in our profession.
About the English Language Teacher Development Series, Thomas S. C. Farrell, Series Editor: What is the latest research, and how do I use it in my classroom? The pressure is intense for language teachers to update their knowledge in curriculum trends, research, theory and practice, technology, or assessment. The need to update is certainly not a reflection of inadequately trained teachers but is due to the nature of a profession that continuously reinvents itself. The English Language Teacher Development Series is a set of short resource books written in a jargon-free and accessible manner for all types of teachers of English (native and nonnative speakers of English, experienced and novice teachers). The Series offers a theory-to-practice approach, a variety of practical methods, and time for reflections that allow teachers to interact with the materials presented. The books can be used in preservice settings, in-service courses, and by individuals looking for ways to refresh their practice.