“What’s grammar really for? Rethinking our priorities”
Grammar has long been at the heart most EFL courses. For many, it’s what makes teaching English as a foreign language an academic subject. As such, we rarely stop to consider what grammar is for. In this talk, I’ll suggest some surprising answers to this question and consider how we may want to reassess our priorities as a result.
Hugh Dellar is a London-based teacher and teacher trainer
with over twenty-five years’ experience in the field.
He has taught all ages and levels, both in the UK and also in Indonesia, where he lived for four years. He worked for University of Westminster for 18 years but is now co-runs the online language school and training company www.lexicallab.com. He has co-authored two five-level General English series, Outcomes and Innovations, both published by National Geographic Learning, as well as one level of the high-school series Perspectives. His first methodology book, Teaching Lexically, came out via Delta Publishing in 2016. Most recently, he has worked on two levels of the new Pearson General English series, Roadmap.
Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Russia, Italy, Japan and Thailand. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a Lingua Franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary, as well as many others.