The Use of Diachronic Approach in the Teaching of Grammar in English Department

Oktavianti, Ikmi Nur The Use of Diachronic Approach in the Teaching of Grammar in English Department. In: 1st Educational Linguistics Conference, 10-11 May 2013, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Learning a language means learning its grammar. Grammar of a language is important to construct a grammatical construction which is prominent for the language. By knowing the grammar, one could avoid making mistakes in producing the linguistic construction of the language. In addition, by mastering the grammar, one is able to speak, write, listen, and read the language well. This also happens to English language. English grammar is prominent, especially for the learners, to make grammatical English constructions. As one of international languages, English reaches its popularity. Many people study English, formally or informally. Formally, they will enroll to an English department as English department students. As the students of English department, they are intensely exposed to English grammar during their study. They have to take several grammar courses. The aim is to provide the students with sufficient basic knowledge on English grammar so that they are able to be good non-native English speakers (and also writers). Thus, grammar course plays crucial role in developing students’ skills in English. However, most of the time the students are exposed to existing rules without being introduced to the concepts behind the rules. To understand the concepts behind the rules, the lecture must also trace back the structure of English in the ancient time starting from Old English. Studying the old grammar of English is related to diachronic insight. By so doing, the students will get deeper understanding of the grammar. Due to the prominence of diachronic linguistics, therefore, this paper aims at describing the use of its insight in teaching grammar in English department.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (Fakultas Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) > S1-English Education (S1-Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris)
Depositing User: Mrs. Ikmi Nur Oktavianti
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 07:01
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2015 07:01

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