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An Analysis of Grammar Practice Activities in Elementary ELT Textbooks

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2023, 24(), pp.127-142
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching
  • Received : July 19, 2023
  • Accepted : September 8, 2023
  • Published : October 10, 2023

Andrew Garth 1

1Dankook University

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study analyzed the grammar practice activities present in 12 recently published elementary English language teaching textbooks. This research investigated three topics; the types of grammar practice activities, the order or sequencing of these types, and the interrelated series of such activities. The findings indicated that, although there was great variability across the 12 books, mechanical activities were the most common grammar practice type, despite strong pedagogical criticism regarding its meaninglessness. It was also found that the grammar topics themselves varied greatly in the quantity and type of practice activities. Next, it was found that the grammar practice activities in a lesson largely progressed from focusing on the form to focusing more on the meaning. Lastly, this research found interrelated grammar practice activities were commonplace, constituting nearly half of all 185 grammar practice activities recorded. These findings suggest teachers should carefully examine textbooks before selection and should know that mechanical practice activities and interrelated series of grammar practice activities are common. Furthermore, these findings suggest textbook publishers should consider employing meaningful grammar practice instead of mechanical practice activities and to also consider the quantity and type of their grammar practice activities for each grammatical topic in the books.

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