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Caught in the middle: grammar, textbooks, and the Japanese high school

Pihlaja, Stephen (2008). Caught in the middle: grammar, textbooks, and the Japanese high school. The School House, 16(3) pp. 46–55.

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In many high schools, the grammar textbook seems like an immovable fixture in English education. This article discusses the possibility of using Data Driven Learning (DDL) in high school environments which are resistant to change. After considering some of the pragmatic difficulties with using student-based learning while still employing set textbooks, the article proposes using a hybrid of teaching methods to introduce DDL in the classroom. By using both the textbook and information from the British Nation Corpus, students can be taught to explore grammar rules on their own terms while still meeting the requirements of learning the required grammar. Finally, the article discusses changes in implementing such a program and practical steps teachers can take to move forward in using DDL in their classrooms.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 Stephen Pihlaja
ISSN: 1881-0713
Keywords: data driven learning; motivation; grammar textbooks; corpus
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 32244
Depositing User: Stephen Pihlaja
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 15:10
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 03:16
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