Grammar Teaching and Communication \\
by Ken Tamai
Since the development of communicative language teaching in the
mid-1970s, grammar teaching has tended to be less emphasized in the
classroom. The curriculum set by Monbusho has subsequently been altered
with greater emphasis on the development of communication skill.
Ironically, however, grammar teaching still is central to language teaching in
Japan's school education, while communication is at its periphery.
This article first looks back at Japan's English education since the
Meiji-era and traces its history to see by what process the current enigmatic
pedagogy of grammar teaching has been formed. Secondly, the recent
paradigm of grammar teaching within the framework of communicative
language teaching is discussed. The author's underlying premise is that
grammar and communication are not independent of each other but are
closely interwoven carrying contextual information at their bases. As a
successful model that integrates grammar and communication,
Larsen-Freeman's pie chart is introduced.
Abstract in Japanese
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