The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

Paul Simon Thomas

I am just this minute about to jump into a lesson but before I do I wanted to post this article which popped up on my Facebook feed just now.

I haven’t had a chance to go through it myself yet but if I post it here on my blog I might actually remember to read it!

Enjoy…

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.

A century of research shows that traditional grammar lessons—those hours spent diagramming sentences and memorizing parts of speech—don’t help and may even hinder students’ efforts to become better writers. Yes, they need to learn grammar, but the old-fashioned way does not work.

This finding—confirmed in 19842007, and 2012 through reviews of over 250 studies—is consistent among students of all ages, from elementary school through college. For example, one well-regarded study followed…

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