In his previous post, Simon Buckland explains how to tame the unruly grammar beast. Especially, he notes that when it comes to grammar, here are three things English teachers need to know after establishing an overall lesson plan or module objective:
- What grammatical forms (patterns) can be used to express this objective?
- Which ones are appropriate for the level of my students? (Are there some which they should already know, or should I teach them in this lesson?)
- What do the forms look like in practice? What would be some good examples?
Unfortunately, the answers aren’t always simple. Current grammar textbooks often don’t explicitly provide this information and can be vague about a level. Typically, they put grammar into a range like A1/A2 or A2/B1 rather than specific CEFR levels and don’t fully integrate grammar into overall learning objectives. And that’s where the GSE Teacher Toolkit can help. It contains over 390 GSE Grammar Objectives (searchable by grammatical category, structure and CEFR/GSE level) plus links to free Grammar worksheets.
Think you might be able to use the toolkit? Test your own sense of what ‘level(s)’ specific words/phrases are on both GSE/CEFR in this short quiz below.