Teaching grammar can be a tedious task! I know it. You know it. The students know it, too. If it is so difficult (and sometimes too abstract), why teach grammar?
As educators, we want our students to be prepared to face the real world. We want them to be ready to land those high-paying jobs and lead our future. But above all else, we want them to know everything they need to know because it is our job.
Here are some reasons students need to learn grammar:
1. If we want people to listen to us, we need to speak correct English. Have you ever been in a meeting or a professional development class and heard the speaker say something that didn't sound quite right? I am sure we all have at one time or another. I want my students to be able to speak in front of people and sound like they have the intelligence to speak about whatever is on their mind.
2. Correct grammar lands jobs. Let's face it. No one is going to hire you if you do not present yourself in a positive manner. Speaking correctly is one of the best ways you can present yourself as a first impression. You want to leave your job interview knowing you were able to articulate your strengths to the employer.
3. Your written word follows you. We may not always think about it, but each time we put our thoughts onto paper, they are there as long as the paper lasts. By learning grammar, we are able to write our thoughts and feelings correctly for others to see.
There are many other reasons grammar is an important part of the curriculum. As educators, we have to find creative ways to teach grammar to our students so that it sticks with them. In order to be great at it, they must practice, practice, practice.
Stay tuned to my next post to read about strategies to teach grammar. Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!