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Keywords:

  • Grammar;
  • English teacher;
  • affect;
  • beliefs

Abstract

This article presents the outcomes of a study investigating current secondary English teachers’ beliefs about grammar teaching, and illustrates the salience of teachers’ emotional response to the issue. Interviews with 31 teachers reveal two discourses which frame the ways in which teachers express their feelings: a dominant discourse of grammar as threatening, reactionary and dull, and an oppositional discourse which positions grammar as inspiring, fascinating, and empowering. The influence of these discourses on practice is explored, along with examples of how attitudes can change as a result of participation in a research project. This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number RES-062-23-0775].