Towards a pedagogy of grammar instruction

Jack C. Richards, Randi Reppen

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Grammar can be viewed both as knowledge and as ability. When viewed as knowledge, the focus is on rules for sentence formation. When viewed as ability, the focus is on how grammar is used as a resource in the creation of spoken and written texts. Twelve principles are proposed as the basis for a pedagogy that focusses on acquiring learning to use grammar in texts. Each principle is illustrated with examples from classroom practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-25
Number of pages21
JournalRELC Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Grammar instruction
  • authentic materials
  • materials design
  • text-based teaching
  • writing instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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