Irene M. Wherritt (Ph.D., University of New Mexico) is Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Spanish at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
Efficient Presentation of Grammar
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1981 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 14, Issue 5, pages 429–434, December 1981
How to Cite
Wherritt, I. M. (1981), Efficient Presentation of Grammar. Foreign Language Annals, 14: 429–434. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1981.tb01664.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Often in second language teaching an instructor is obligated to use a certain textbook or materials. If the text is deficient, there are definite steps which can be taken to streamline the use of the materials without rejecting the majority of the text. The study suggests that through rearrangement and deletion of grammatical items, a more useful and native-like language can be presented. Criteria for inclusion and early appearance in the sequencing are frequency of occurrence in the native language, ease of acquisition of the morphology and syntax, and most useful skill and style for the learner. Items which appear earlier in the syllabus are reentered throughout the course in new and meaningful contexts.