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Teaching and Learning English Grammar
Research Findings and Future Directions

ISBN 9781138856936
Published March 4, 2015 by Routledge
260 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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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.