Monday, May 18, 2009

What Do We Teach?

The following list is simple, but true for any language. This simple breakdown does a lot to help me choose appropriate activities for my lessons.
  • Words/Vocabulary/Alphabet
  • Yes/No Question;
  • Wh- Question;
  • Sentence and/or Negative;
  • Commands.
Which do you think is the most important? One writer I read said vocabulary is the most important. It’s difficult for me to disagree. As the daily speaker of a foreign language myself, knowing the right word to say works better than trying to say something another way every time.
Maybe we should remember this the next time a student says something to us with the right words but with grammatical errors, and we understand. In terms of communicative ability, was the student really mistaken?

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