Leaving the Grammar Syllabus Behind, but Not the Grammar

Wed, November 10, 2010 | Lone Star Room, Texas Union 3.208

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Leaving the Grammar Syllabus Behind, but Not the Grammar


Dr. Kristen Brustad
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Middle Eastern Studies, UT Austin

Proficiency-oriented or communicative classrooms are often accused of sacrificing accuracy in favor of fluency, or delaying students' acquisition of important structures without which (it is assumed) they cannot completely engage with the language. But do students really need to know the grammar of a construction in order to activate it? Putting that assumption aside allows us to explore what approaching grammar within a "need to know" framework might look like, and think about ways to improve fluency *and* accuracy without sacrificing either one.

This approach is particularly well suited to teaching languages intensively, with the aim of having students reach Intermediate Mid proficiency by the end of the first year.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
2:00 - 3:00
Lone Star Room
Texas Union 3.208

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