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English Grammar Instruction in English 5 Three Swedish upper-secondary school English Teachers’ Perspectives on Grammar Instruction
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a qualitative study investigating 1) whether ESL teachers teaching

English 5 in Swedish upper-secondary schools take an explicit or implicit grammar approach

to grammar instruction in their lessons, and, 2) which aspects they choose to prioritise. My

initial hypothesis, based on prior, personal observation was that the ESL teachers sampled in

my study would reveal preferences and tendencies more closely indicative of an implicit

approach, and that this would be due to their beliefs about grammar and their own experience

learning grammar as students. To find out which method ESL teachers use to instruct

grammar, and to inform future practice on how to teach grammar and which aspects to

prioritise, three ESL teachers participated in semi-structured interviews. The findings show

that, contrary to what was hypothesised, they instruct grammar with explicit-deductive

approaches, and the teachers prioritise the same grammatical aspects, of which irregular verbs

and tenses were identified as being the most important. These findings are discussed, and it is

proposed that it is primarily a teacher’s experience from teaching grammar that influences

his/her choice of teaching practice, and that it is the students’ specific needs that determine

which grammatical aspects to prioritise.

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2018. , p. 41
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67737OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-67737DiVA, id: diva2:1230967
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English; English
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Available from: 2018-07-05 Created: 2018-07-05 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved

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