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edu180atl: gerard gatoux 12.7.12

Grammar in world language classes!  Is it a dreaded subject like many people think?  Not at all!  In fact, I must admit and confess that I love and enjoy teaching grammar!  Nowadays,  there are so many great tools to teach it:  online exercises, songs, poetry, short stories, podcasts, newspapers and magazines, Skype sessions with friends abroad, and yes, worksheets!  Equipped with all these tools, students, more often than not, succeed and are proud of their accomplishments.  They master conjugation of verbs, agreement of subjects and verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, etc..  After a few lessons, they are capable of writing dialogs, short poems, compositions, skits, conversing and communicating in a new language.  Interestingly enough,  they often declare that they have learned English grammar by acquiring another language.

About the author: Gerard is a bon vivant having a grand time enjoying every minute in the classroom, cooking, traveling, connecting with people all over the world, counting his blessings, and cherishing every moment with his lovely wife, wonderful children, and creative grandson.

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  1. Wendy Albrecht #

    Bravo! Bien dit, mon ami:) Well said, my friend! I love grammar too:) As do (some of) my students!

    December 8, 2012
    • Gérard Gatoux #

      Merci Wendy! Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année! Bisous!

      December 8, 2012
  2. Hola Amigo mío,
    Que gusto me da saber de ti. Espero que todo vaya estupendamente bien para ti y para tu familia.
    I agree with you that grammar is definitely an essential component of language mastery, but in my experience of teaching both small children, teens and adults have found that grammar is most effective when it is summoned by the student. If they have an authentic need for communicating in the language and their learning is self-directed, grammar is a valuable and indispensable resource. However, for those who have not yet found the desire to communicate it is a series of imposed rules that make no sense and are literally a “foreign language” (ha, ha pun intended!) What do you think, mon amie? (Is that gramatically correct “en francais?”) 🙂

    December 8, 2012
  3. Gérard Gatoux #

    ¡Muchas gracias amiga! I agree with you that it is best learned when it is self-directed, but I strongly believe that imposing rules once in a while helps learners to communicate better. ¡Te deseo felices fiestas! Mil besos. Joyeux Noël! Bonne Année et Bonne Santé.

    December 8, 2012
    • Oui, oui. Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año 2013! May all the wishes you desire for 2013 become true…Nos vemos pronto.

      December 8, 2012
  4. Adjective and Plural Noun: smiling faces. Adverb, Adjective and Noun: clearly inspiring teacher. Noun: joy. (Implied) Subject, Verb, Object: thank you.

    December 8, 2012
  5. Gérard Gatoux #

    Merci! ¡Gracias! Felices fiestas! Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année!

    December 8, 2012
  6. Natalie Sterrett #

    Señor, eres tan sabio!! Te amo, y te extraño!

    December 8, 2012
  7. Gérard Gatoux #

    ¡Muchas gracias! Te amo y extraño también amiga. Espero que estés bien y tengas una navidad maravillosa. ¡Amor y Paz!

    December 9, 2012
  8. Mary Hollis #

    Señor! I love learning grammar in your classroom!

    December 9, 2012
  9. Gérard Gatoux #

    ¡Gracias chica! ¡Te deseo lo mejor!

    December 10, 2012
  10. Katie #

    Señor!!! you have been my favorite spanish teacher so far!! You make spanish so fun!!! te amo!!

    December 10, 2012
    • Gérard Gatoux #

      ¡Muchas gracias chica! Te amo también y te deseo lomejor porque lo mereces.

      December 10, 2012
  11. Katherine Correll #

    Señor!! You make learning Spanish and grammar fun, which is something I don’t think of grammar as!! You’re my favorite spanish teacher EVER!!

    December 10, 2012
  12. Gérard Gatoux #

    ¡Muchas gracias Catherine! Eres muy amable y estoy tan contento que estés en mi clase. ¡Buena suerte en tus examenes!

    December 10, 2012
  13. Peter Myer #

    Señor, I constantly tell my friends that learning in a classroom where the teacher actually wants to be there makes all the difference in the world. It makes us want to learn and it helps us develop a passion for the language. Thank you for your passion for it has surely transferred to me.

    December 10, 2012
    • Gérard Gatoux #

      Muchas gracias amigo! Eres increíble y sé que lograrás en la vida. Buena suerte en todos sus examenes.

      December 10, 2012
  14. Debbie #

    I love grammar also, and as a French teacher, it seems that if we want to be able to truly communicate correctly and comprehend well – grammar is one of the necessary keys! There are patterns to grammar and “formulas” that can provide tools to help students learn how to learn languages in general. And as you mentioned, it can help us understand our own language better.

    Merci, Monsieur! Excellent article!

    December 12, 2012
  15. Gérard Gatoux #

    Merci et bonne année!

    January 12, 2013

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