Perceptions of lecturers on grammar with regard to the four skills teaching

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Fatih Yavuz
Kubra Sik



With the rise of communicative approaches in modern educational systems, grammar teaching has started to be a controversial issue among researchers. Whether formal instruction of grammar is essential for learners to attain high levels of accuracy in language learning process still remains as a subject to debate. Therefore, this paper focuses on the perceptions of in-service lecturers about grammar teaching, specifically about effectiveness of grammatical accuracy on writing and speaking activities. Data was collected using a questionnaire which is adapted from Jean and Simard (Foreign Language Annals, Vol. 44, No. 3, 2011) targeted the lecturers’ beliefs and perceptions about the effectiveness of formal grammar instruction. With specific reference to lecturers’ beliefs, this study discusses the data obtained from quantitative analysis of the questionnaire which shed light on this issue. This study reveals that for lecturers, formal instruction of grammar is inevitable to attain high proficiency level in writing activities. For speaking activities, however, lecturers do not think that grammar is an essential part of language learning process.


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