Patterns In English
Patterns are a much easier way to approach English than grammar. Students and teachers alike recoil from technical terms. Yet, we happily remember sentences based on how we arrange the words. The fastest way to remove that frustration barrier is simple. Focus on the patterns and not the technical terms. This puts learning in the realm of communication rather than the technical. After all, we want to engage students in high-frequency, repeatable language. Plus, the majority of opportunities to teach only require the most basic grammar terms.
That being said, I firmly believe the teacher must be well-versed in the grammar. How we apply that knowledge can, however, be done with care and focus.
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