Constructivist Approach to Grammer Teaching

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❖ A ‘’Constructivist Approach’’ in grammar teaching helps inexperienced teachers understand the learning and teaching of aspect,a core grammatical concept.

❖  The Constructivists’ approach to grammar involves teaching grammar in context.This simply means that grammar is taught using the students’ own writing as models.

❖ The constructivists’ approach helps students understand that evaluating grammar in their writing is a part of the revision process.

❖ Instructors using the constructivist’s approach teach grammar using one or a combination of the following methods:


Grammar journals

One-on-one conferences

Peer group activities


❖ Mini-lessons are “teaching moments” inspired by student work. They are designed to be brief .(5-10 minutes)

❖ They address student writing needs in context as they arise.

❖ This technique provides students with additional opportunities to discuss their own writing as well as the writing of their peers.


❖ A Grammar Journal is a notebook in which students keep records of sentences they have written that contain grammatical errors.

❖ Sentences are obtained from student work submitted to instructors. (Teachers can guide students to these errors without correcting them by placing a dot in the margin where the error occurs.)

❖ After identifying the errors themselves, students then copy problematic sentences in their journals and rewrite the sentences, making alternative stylistic choices to improve each sentence.

❖ To take full advantage of their choices, students can rewrite their improved sentences several different ways.  

❖ Students who do not have significant grammar problems can use the Grammar Journals to recognize their range of stylistic choices.


❖ During one-on-one conferences, instructors may...
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