FOCI-XVI@ TOBB UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS & TECHNOLOGY Ankara
Thursday 20th & Friday 21st December, 2017
Theme: Putting Grammar in its Place: alternative curricular approaches
The question of the role in grammar seems to be a perennial problem for curriculum developers. It is hard to find the balance between allowing it to dominate the curriculum and the danger of completely ignoring it. Learners (and often we as teachers) often perceive learning grammar as a matter of completing closed answer gap-fill or multiple choice questions; rather than more productive tasks.
- How should we be approaching grammar in our curricula at different levels?
- How can we best cover language items which are lacking from course-books?
- How can we best integrate language development into the four skills?
- How can we best identify our learners’ needs in terms of grammatical structures?
- Which grammatical features should we be prioritising in order to best prepare our learners for their academic studies in English?
- Is grammar more than just gap-fills?
This FOCI event explored the challenges facing us as curriculum developers when it comes to the question of grammar. Participants shared the different approaches and experiences of grammar in the curricula of different institutions.