A Grammar Heavy TEFL Course Is Usually Pointless

If you are a native English speaker then chances are that you have an intuitive grasp of the English language and its grammar. You know how to speak it. But you may have forgotten all the rules and definitions that come with it.

Some TEFL course providers believe that grammar with its rules and definitions that come with it are very important to know.

For example, is it important to know what an "auxiliary verb" is? Should I be able to explain the difference between teaching the "present continuous" and the "present perfect"? Are these definitions and rules important to know if you are teaching English?

Of course it is important to know them on an intuitive level. As an English teacher you should have grammatically perfect English. Your students will model you so if you are speaking incorrectly then your students will be too. But chances are you do if you are a native speaker.

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