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Talking about grammar (effectively!)

This is the second post about grammar and language learning and teaching (the first can be found here), as the first caused quite a stir in some circles... It is true, in my first post I advocated for the use of grammar terms in classrooms, and the development of a metalanguage that allows our students (all of them, not only the language learners) to actively talk about language and how it works. That said, I did not advocate a particular "grammar teaching" method. Being able to talk about language is key to improving language use, but this doesn't mean doing stand-alone, context-free grammar lessons. "How language works" comes up in natural situations across the curriculum, and language awa

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