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    What do English Teachers need to know about Grammar?

    Have this question in one my pre-tesol course pack, really struggling to answer it and could do with some suggestions.

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    Re: What do English Teachers need to know about Grammar?

    Hello Saigonesl, welcome to Using English!

    Here are two aspects:

    1. The effect of context on grammar
    2. The differences between the main dialects of English (AmE, BrE, etc.)

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    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: What do English Teachers need to know about Grammar?

    They also need to be able to gauge the relevance of aspects of grammar; does a learner need to know what a predicative adjective is, and if so at what level? Just like learners who have been taught to learn lists of vocab by heart, learning rules by heart doesn't guarantee that you will be a successful learner.

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    Re: What do English Teachers need to know about Grammar?

    At the very least you should be familiar with the basics: that is the parts of speech and the basic nomenclature of grammar. You should have a basic grammar book and have read and understood it. Above all, before each lesson you should check over what you are going to teach and make sure that if a student does ask a grammatical question you will be able to answer it appropriately.

    There is an interesting article on this in the ICAL wiki at Do I Need to know Grammar? - ICALwiki

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