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Grammar and communication in English language learning - a survey of three classes in the Swedish Upper Secondary School
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The main object of teaching English is to help and guide the learners to a good command of the language and to make them capable of using the language in a natural way in real situations. Some attention to form and grammar is essential in order to achieve a good command of a foreign language. The question is how the balance between form and communication should be structured. The aim of this paper was to investigate how grammar could be worked with so that grammatical knowledge becomes a natural part of the learner’s language. By looking at research I found ways of working with grammar that could facilitate a more natural acquisition of and performance in English. Also, by asking students and teachers at the Upper Secondary School about their views on grammar and language learning I received indications of useful methods of learning. My school investigation showed that the actual learning situation in the classroom is quite traditional concentrating on learning for example grammar as an isolated subject. One works with either grammar or with communication activities. However, I found that there are, according to research, students and teachers, various ways to work with English learning, that improve the learners’ communication abilities as well as their grammatical knowledge. These methods lead to a more holistic approach to language learning, which I believe is important if the learners are to feel confident when using the language. However, in order to enable the teachers to try new ways of working, their present workload has to be decreased and the classes should perhaps be smaller.

Abstract [en]

The main object of teaching English is to help and guide the learners to a good command of the language and to make them capable of using the language in a natural way in real situations. Some attention to form and grammar is essential in order to achieve a good command of a foreign language. The question is how the balance between form and communication should be structured. The aim of this paper was to investigate how grammar could be worked with so that grammatical knowledge becomes a natural part of the learner’s language. By looking at research I found ways of working with grammar that could facilitate a more natural acquisition of and performance in English. Also, by asking students and teachers at the Upper Secondary School about their views on grammar and language learning I received indications of useful methods of learning. My school investigation showed that the actual learning situation in the classroom is quite traditional concentrating on learning for example grammar as an isolated subject. One works with either grammar or with communication activities. However, I found that there are, according to research, students and teachers, various ways to work with English learning, that improve the learners’ communication abilities as well as their grammatical knowledge. These methods lead to a more holistic approach to language learning, which I believe is important if the learners are to feel confident when using the language. However, in order to enable the teachers to try new ways of working, their present workload has to be decreased and the classes should perhaps be smaller.

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2002. , 39 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53877Local ID: ENG D-12OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53877DiVA: diva2:1102437
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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