Welcome, David Kehe! Discussion on Teaching Grammar
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on January 12, 2018 - 5:05pm
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Welcome, David Kehe!
We are pleased to have you with us this week to discuss teaching grammar to English learners. I've been familiar with your work for a long time, and I've learned a great deal from you -- as well as from your partner and collaborator, your wife Peggy Dustin Kehe. I was excited to discover your blog not long ago, and it was through your blog that we made contact. I know you'll be sharing the link to your blog and to a number of practical teaching resources archived there. I'm delighted that you are willing to join us for a week-long discussion on this relevant topic. I know our members are eager to hear from you and will have many questions, too.
I have a few questions to get us started.
1. David, you use the word “inductive” to describe your approach to grammar teaching. Can you explain what you mean by that and give us some examples from your practice? How does this approach compare to what we might call a traditional approach?
2. When working with immigrants and refugees, adult ESL teachers are well aware that individuals have varied educational backgrounds. Many come to us with limited formal schooling and may not be familiar with grammar terminology, e.g., noun, verb, adjective, in the primary language let alone in English. It’s important for all of us to be aware of the educational background of the learners we are working with. Learners at the literacy level who are still learning the basics are probably not ready for the kind of grammar instruction we are discussing this week. Our focus this week will be on learners who have a basic foundation in English, even if their educational experiences may be limited.
- What are your thoughts about the importance of grammar terminology in teaching grammar?
- If grammar terms are important, what are some ways to teach this terminology in meaningful and learner-centered ways?
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP
David Kehe's Bio:
David Kehe has been teaching adult English learners and coordinating programs, doing teacher training and mentoring for over 35 years at colleges and universities in four countries including in Africa with the Peace Corps. He has co-authored nine textbooks, including the award-winning Conversation Strategies. He has an MAT from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Currently, he is a Coordinator and Academic ESL Instructor at Whatcom Community College, in Bellingham, Washington.
David has taught many international students but has also worked with many learners who are immigrants and refugees attending ESL classes at the community college.