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Title: Perspectives on spoken grammar
Authors: Goh, Christine Chuen Meng
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Goh, C. C. M. (2009). Perspectives on spoken grammar. ELT Journal, 63(4), 303-312.
Abstract: English language teachers’ opinions on the pedagogic relevance of spoken grammar are beginning to be reported, yet the voices of teachers in East Asia are rarely heard. In this article, the views of teachers from China and Singapore expressed in an online discussion are compared. The discussion, which was part of a taught postgraduate course, focused on the usefulness of British spoken grammar norms and the potential value of spoken grammar knowledge for language learners. There is a broad consensus of opinion about its importance for raising learners’ language awareness, but Chinese and Singaporean teachers generally had different attitudes to native-speaker norms, while opinions on some pedagogical issues vary more at the individual level. The similarities and differences are attributed to the teachers’ sociolinguistic concerns, understanding of learner needs, and beliefs about grammar that are influenced by the written language. Implications of these teacher perspectives for teacher education are highlighted.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in ELT Journal. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 0951-0893
Other Identifiers: 10.1093/elt/ccp004
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