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Task-based grammar teaching of English

Where cognitive grammar and task-based language teaching meet

Susanne Niemeier

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Susanne Niemeier, Task-based grammar teaching of English (2017), Narr Francke Attempto, 72070 Tübingen, ISBN: 9783823391302

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Beschreibung / Abstract

The focus on communication in TBLT often comes at the expense of form. In this book, the task-based ap-proach is enhanced and coupled with insights into (cognitive) grammar, an approach which sees grammar as meaningful. The book shows how grammar teaching can be integrated into a communicative lesson in a non-explicit way, i.e., “by the backdoor”. The learners are involved in situations that they may also encounter outside their classrooms and they are given communicative tasks they are to work on and solve, usually with a part¬ner or in small groups. What teachers need to invest for preparing such lessons is their own creativity, as they have to come up with communica¬tive situations which guide the learners into using a spe¬cific grammatical structure. The book first discusses the didactic and the linguistic theories involved and then translates these theoretical perspectives into actual teaching practice, focusing on the following grammatical phenomena: tense, aspect, modality, conditionals, passive voice, prepositions, phrasal verbs, verb complementation, pronouns, articles.


Prof. Dr. Susanne Niemeier lehrt und forscht in den Bereichen Angewandte Linguistik und Fremdsprachendidaktik des Englischen im Institut für Anglistik an der Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz.



  • 0. Introduction
  • PART I: Didactic and linguistic theory
  • 1. Grammar in the foreign language classroom
  • 2. Task-based language teaching
  • 3. Cognitive grammar
  • 4. Cognitive grammar and task-based language teaching
  • PART II: Case studies
  • 5. Tense
  • 6. Aspect
  • 7. Modality
  • 8. Conditionals
  • 9. The passive voice
  • 10. Prepositions
  • 11. Phrasal verbs
  • 12. Verb complementation
  • 13. Pronouns
  • 14. Articles
  • 15. Conclusion

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