In many English syntax courses aimed at future middle and high school teachers of English, we perpetuate grammar separated from any meaningful context. We ought instead to use the students' own writing as the basis for the syntactic analysis of English; this allows them to break out of the workbook mode of teaching and learning and encourages them to see syntax as a dynamic field of research.
"Writing, teacher training, and grammar,"
Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session: Vol. 38, Article 8.
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