Language Analysis for Teaching – Is it the last thing you do?

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The Cambridge CELTA Blog

In my experience of training language teachers, mostly on CELTA courses, I have noticed that good preparation goes a long way. Analysing language for teaching purposes is a huge part of that preparation.

Candidates following teacher training courses find language analysis demanding and tiresome though we believe it is essential to bear in mind that it is a crucial part of lesson planning for several reasons.

Some even think it is enough to look at the grammar as it is presented in the student’s coursebook.

Others, rest on the laurels of their presumed expertise, or even think that being a native speaker means this knowledge is part of their knowledge already.

It is one thing to use a language and a completely different process to be able to analyse and describe it for the purpose of teaching it to others.

Why should we analyse language before lessons?

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