Grammar Without Rules

Teaching English Grammar Through Core Meanings, Images, and Human Experience

Students want to learn sentences to communicate in English.

What will you teach?

A fork in the road: phrases and what they mean; or linguistic theory, terminology, rules, and exceptions

In class I used to explain grammar by telling students "the rules". However I found that even after studying rules students still had trouble using the grammar. This left me wondering:

I stopped teaching rules and focused on communication.

But I soon found just speaking is not enough.

Students want feedback and want to understand.

We can do this without rules. Instead of remembering the rule we can help students develop their understanding of what it means.