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Teaching grammar in English among year 4 and 5 primary school pupils

Maja Pušenjak (2018) Teaching grammar in English among year 4 and 5 primary school pupils. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    Throughout history, language researchers have developed various theories about language teaching. Changing language teaching methods has caused the changing of grammar teaching and learning. From the initial explicit grammar teaching which was part of the Grammar-Translation Method, the development of Natural and Communicative Language Teaching approach changed the view on grammar learning to more implicit, indirect ways. My master's thesis presents features of language and grammar acquisition, different methods of teaching foreign languages and approaches to teaching grammar. The research which included 98 EFL teachers of 4th and 5th grades of Slovene elementary schools, was hoping to find out how teachers teach English grammar and what their opinion about teaching grammar is. The research showed that teachers most frequently use The Direct Method and Communicative Language Teaching Approach and they use Grammar-Translation Method the least frequently. Grammar is most frequently taught holistically that is with other parts of language, using inductive and implicit approach. Even though grammar is not one of the language areas that would be mainly focused on in a classroom, moreover, the research showed that teachers of the 4th grade devote least time to grammar teaching, teachers still do not have negative opinion about explicit grammar teaching. Another finding is linked to grammar explanation, most of the teachers use at least some Slovene language when explaining grammar rules and some of them are only using the Slovene language. Fewer teachers use strictly English in explaining grammar. The research also showed that teachers frequently correct written and oral grammar mistakes that they make, and most frequently they wait for students to finish talking and then encourage them to correct their own mistake or they help them with the correction.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: teaching English as a foreign language, 2nd trimester of primary school, grammar, teaching methods and approaches
    Number of Pages: 70
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Mateja Dagarin FojkarMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=12054857)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5160
    Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2018 13:21
    Last Modified: 13 Jul 2018 13:21
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5160

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