Routes in Teaching Modern Greek

B2. Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation
(B2. Grammar, Vocabulary, Pronunciation)

Τhe first chapter aims to briefly review language teaching approaches and methods that are widely known and used by language teachers. Within the context of each method, we present and discuss how each method views the teaching of particular language components, such as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation; these views are based on and supported by the theoretical framework underlying each method. The main aim of this chapter is to provide teachers with a robust theoretical background that will allow them to become aware of the choices available in their classes, the advantages and disadvantages of those choices as well as of the expected outcomes. This will allow them to make conscious choices about their lessons. In the final section of this chapter we present the major types of teaching activities teachers may use in their classes; this typology is adopted for the design of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation activities in the next three chapters.

The next chapters present in a clear and comprehensive way important theoretical principles underlying the teaching of grammar (Chapter 2), of vocabulary (Chapter 3) and of pronunciation (Chapter 4). Specifically, answers are provided to the following basic questions: (a) what is grammar/vocabulary/pronunciation, (b) why we teach it, (c) what to teach, (d) how we can teach it. Finally, specific examples of grammar/vocabulary/pronunciation activities are given based on different teaching techniques following the typology presented in Chapter 1.