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    After reading a piece of work I'm doing with other students, this popped into my mind.

    As someone who learned English as a second language, I found it strange that a large number of my peers at university level have very little knowledge of basic grammar. I mean, I am not the best in grammar nor against causal, conversational bending of rules, but essay writing is a different matter. It was just so annoying being told they've "proof-read" it and it seemed fine when it has blatant mistakes.

    For example, I've seen people who have no idea what parallel construction rules are.

    (Example scraped from a site: This paper will address No Child Left Behind, how to teach effectively, and instructing with multimedia aids.

    should be: This paper will address No Child Left Behind benchmarks, effective teaching strategies, and multimedia instructional aids.)

    How's grammar taught in schools nowadays? It's been a while since I was in secondary school, so would appreciate information on any recent changes.
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    (Original post by hslakaal)
    After reading a piece of work I'm doing with other students, this popped into my mind.

    As someone who learned English as a second language, I found it strange that a large number of my peers at university level have very little knowledge of basic grammar. I mean, I am not the best in grammar nor against causal, conversational bending of rules, but essay writing is a different matter. It was just so annoying being told they've "proof-read" it and it seemed fine when it has blatant mistakes.

    For example, I've seen people who have no idea what parallel construction rules are.

    (Example scraped from a site: This paper will address No Child Left Behind, how to teach effectively, and instructing with multimedia aids.

    should be: This paper will address No Child Left Behind benchmarks, effective teaching strategies, and multimedia instructional aids.)

    How's grammar taught in schools nowadays? It's been a while since I was in secondary school, so would appreciate information on any recent changes.
    Not sure I can help really as I'm really old but I don't remember getting much formal instruction on matters of writing style. Maybe a little at GCSE English but after that I think it's something that people pick up (or not) by reading.

    For example, I hadn't heard of parallel construction rules but I think I would instinctively follow them in written work.
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    (Original post by hslakaal)
    After reading a piece of work I'm doing with other students, this popped into my mind.

    As someone who learned English as a second language, I found it strange that a large number of my peers at university level have very little knowledge of basic grammar. I mean, I am not the best in grammar nor against causal, conversational bending of rules, but essay writing is a different matter. It was just so annoying being told they've "proof-read" it and it seemed fine when it has blatant mistakes.

    For example, I've seen people who have no idea what parallel construction rules are.

    (Example scraped from a site: This paper will address No Child Left Behind, how to teach effectively, and instructing with multimedia aids.

    should be: This paper will address No Child Left Behind benchmarks, effective teaching strategies, and multimedia instructional aids.)

    How's grammar taught in schools nowadays? It's been a while since I was in secondary school, so would appreciate information on any recent changes.
    I find it saddening that such a beautiful language can be squandered by the likes of our own people.
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    (Original post by Chirpychops)
    Not sure I can help really as I'm really old but I don't remember getting much formal instruction on matters of writing style. Maybe a little at GCSE English but after that I think it's something that people pick up (or not) by reading.

    For example, I hadn't heard of parallel construction rules but I think I would instinctively follow them in written work.
    Don't think we had any "formal" grammar teaching per se in GCSEs at my school.
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    English is also my second language, and having been in an International school for 9 years, my grammar is much better than any of my Year 10 peers at my new state school. I remember an occasion when a British girl in my English class misspelled the word 'soldier' 3 times in one sentence. It's horrific.
 
 
 
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