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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Grammar-translation

Once you step onto the grammar-translation path, forever will it dominate your destiny... ha, ha, ha

-- Darth Hoge
It's classic really. I've been overtly enthusiastic about some of my BE students who joyfully embrace new ideas and begin to direct their own learning and now it's about time I mentioned the others. They all come from different walks of life but while the former tend to be younger and are complete beginners the latter have been through a couple years of grammar-translation conditioning. They find it hard to give up the old patterns, tend to lack self-confidence and need truckloads of counselling and emotional support.

What did we do today? What they asked for...

Wh- questions in the present tense
  • In questions with be, have got and can, the verb comes ....................... the question word.
EXAMPLE: ..............................................................
  • With other verbs, ....................... or ....................... comes after the question word. The subject comes next and the main verb comes ....................... the subject.
EXAMPLE: ..............................................................

Source: KET Objective

... and they felt secure.

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