1st Edition

Teaching and Learning English Grammar Research Findings and Future Directions

    260 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An important contribution to the emerging body of research-based knowledge about English grammar, this volume presents empirical studies along with syntheses and overviews of previous and ongoing work on the teaching and learning of grammar for learners of English as a second/foreign language. It explores a variety of approaches, including form-focused instruction, content and language integration, corpus-based lexicogrammatical approaches, and social perspectives on grammar instruction.

    Nine chapter authors are Priority Research Grant or Doctoral Dissertation Grant awardees from The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), and four overview chapters are written by well-known experts in English language education. Each research chapter addresses issues that motivated the research, the context of the research, data collection and analysis, findings and discussion, and implications for practice, policy, and future research. The TIRF-sponsored research was made possible by a generous gift from Betty Azar. This book honors her contributions to the field and recognizes her generosity in collaborating with TIRF to support research on English grammar.

    Teaching and Learning English Grammar is the second volume in the Global Research on Teaching and Learning English Series, co-published by Routledge and TIRF.


    Joanne Dresner


    MaryAnn Christison, Donna Christian, Patricia A. Duff, and Nina Spada


    Part I. Overview of English grammar instruction

    Chapter 1. An overview of teaching grammar in ELT

    Marianne Celce-Murcia

    Part II. Focus on form in second language acquisition

    Chapter 2. Focus on form: Addressing grammatical accuracy in an occupation-specific language program

    Antonella Valeo

    Chapter 3. Teaching English grammar in context: The timing of form-focused intervention

    Junko Hondo

    Chapter 4. Form-focused instruction and learner investment: Case study of a high school student in Japan

    Yasuyo Tomita

    Chapter 5: The influence of pretask instructions and pretask planning on focus on form during Korean EFL task-based interaction

    Sujung Park

    Part III. The use of technology in teaching grammar

    Chapter 6. The role of corpus research in the design of advanced level grammar instruction

    Michael J. McCarthy

    Chapter 7. Corpus-based lexicogrammatical approach to grammar instruction: Its use and effects in EFL and ESL contexts

    Dilin Liu and Ping Jiang

    Chapter 8. Creating corpus-based vocabulary lists for two verb tenses: A lexicogrammar approach

    Keith S. Folse

    Part IV. Instructional design and grammar

    Chapter 9. Putting (functional) grammar to work in content-based English for academic purposes instruction

    Patricia A. Duff, Alfredo A. Ferreira, and Sandra Zappa-Hollman

    Chapter 10. Integrating grammar in adult TESOL classrooms

    Anne Burns and Simon Borg

    Chapter 11. Teacher and learner preferences for integrated and isolated form-focused instruction

    Nina Spada and MarĂ­lia dos Santos Lima

    Chapter 12. Form-focused approaches to learning, teaching, and researching grammar

    Rod Ellis


    Kathleen M. Bailey

    About the Contributors



    MaryAnn Christison is Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she teaches courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She is a co-author of three volumes in the series What English Language Teachers Need to Know, and serves on the Board of Trustees of TIRF.

    Donna Christian is Senior Fellow with the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. Her interests focus on language diversity in education, particularly dual language education, second language teaching, and policy. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Language for Language and Public Policy articles and serves on the Board of Trustees of TIRF.

    Patricia A. Duff is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, where she coordinates and teaches in the program in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her scholarly interests include language socialization across bilingual and multilingual settings and issues in the teaching and learning of languages. She is a past trustee of TIRF.

    Nina Spada is Professor in the Language and Literacies Education program at OISE, University of Toronto, where she teaches courses in second language (L2) acquisition, research methods, and the role of instruction in L2 learning. Her classroom research focuses on the contributions of form-based and meaning-based instruction to L2 learning.