Will they never learn?

Posts like these show that many grammar-oriented teachers simply do not understand what communicative language teaching is. They think it’s all about discarding grammar b/c we don’t teach grammar explicity. Their heads are so wrapped around cognitive, intellectual understanding of language that they think that’s how people learn languages. Lord!

I still struggle with finding the best way to evaluate whether students have truly learned grammatical concepts (relative clauses/demonstrative adjectives and pronouns/noun-adjective agreement/the ablative absolute etc. etc.)

I know that some members of this list believe these are irrelevant. Please don’t reply and tell me so.

I would appreciate any input from teachers who have found useful ways to determine whether their students do understand and can use grammatical concepts.

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