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Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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The Problems of Teaching/Learning Tenses

K. R. Vijaya, M.A., M. Phil.
Latha Viswanath, M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.

Frequent Changes in Theory and Practice: Problems with Tenses

Theory and practice of language teaching is characterized by frequent changes. Teachers are expected to work within the rigid framework of the principles of grammar. In the field of Technical English in Engineering Colleges, the teachers' aim is to make the students acquire communication skills, listening skill, reading skill and for the use of English to meet the demands of business.

This paper focuses on the difficulties of teaching and learning Technical English especially tenses. Communicative language teaching enables students to perform spontaneously, but it cannot guarantee linguistic accuracy.

Tense errors are the commonest and are difficult to remedy. The students are also confused about the use of proper tenses and are demotivated.

This paper discusses how teachers of grammar can facilitate learning appropriate grammar and how we can enable the students to discover the rules of usage on their own.

Teaching Language versus Teaching Literature

Teaching language is viewed as a more difficult task than teaching literature. In literature, one has the freedom to explore into any genre and interpret it according to literary canons. But, when it comes to language, especially grammar, the instructor is expected to work within the rigid framework of the principles of grammar.

The instructor always focuses his / her attention on the basic forms of grammar. As a result, his/her enterprise gets drowned. When the students join the first year of technical courses, they are already exposed to the theoretical nuances of English grammar. Of course, there are also students from vernacular medium, who struggle to speak and write fairly good English.

Technical English for Engineering and Technology Students

The syllabus of their first year course of subjects includes English. It is called Technical English and the major part of their study is grammar. Communicative language teaching enables students to perform spontaneously, but it cannot guarantee linguistic accuracy. In learning grammar, students face a dilemma. On the one hand, they need to know the rules as that is what they are tested in their exams. On the other, there is a good need for effective communication in English. That is why; the instructors have to look out for the ways of combining form and meaning in teaching foreign language.

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Linguistic Purism and Language Planning in a Multilingual Context | The Problems of Teaching/Learning Tenses | Language and Literature: An Exposition - Papers Presented in Karunya University International Seminar | Similes in Meghduta - The Absolute Craftsmanship in Language | Culture of the Tamil Society as Portrayed in Ponniyin Selvan | Deconstructing Human Society: An Appreciation of Amitav Ghosh's Sea Of Poppies | Enabling Students to Interpret Literary Texts Independently by Enhancing their Vocabulary | Coping with the Problems of Mixed Ability Students | Displaced Diasporic Identities - A Case Study of Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz | English Language Teaching in Developing Countries Error Analysis and Remedial Teaching Methods - An Overview | Diaspora Literature - A Hybrid or a Hybridized Product? | Anita Desai's Journey To Ithaca - A Manifestation of Vedantic Knowledge | A Study on the Physiological, Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives of Different Selves in a Self with Special Reference to Yann Martel's SELF | Conveniences and Complexities of Computer-Aided Language Learning | The Danger Lurking Within: The African American Woman in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye | Practices and Paradigms of Using Multimedia and Language Laboratory for Teaching Communication Skills to Technical Students | English: A Blessing in Disguise - A Study of Chinua Achebe's Technique of Hybridization | Language Teaching - The Present Day Challenges | Is Literature a Viable Medium for ESL Acquisition? | The Lord of The Rings : Galadriel, The Light Of Middle-Earth | Teaching Reading - A Challenge in Itself | The Silent Way | Translator as Reader: Phenomenology and Text Reception - An Investigation of Indulekha | The Dysfunctional Women in Mary Gordon'sThe Other Side | Utopia and Dystopia, Conflict Between Two Extremes - An Appraisal of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock | Reading 'god' Backwards | The Comic Vision in the Stories and Sketches of R.K.Narayan | My Responses to The English Teacher | 'Fall from Grace into Grief': Putting into Perspective the Outrages of Terrorism in Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown | Style and Language in M. G. Vassanji's The Assassin's Song | Affirmation of Life in Lloyd C. Douglas' Magnificent Obsession | Effectiveness of Group Investigation Model and Simulation Model in Teaching English | A Mathematical Treatment of Feministic Literature for the Prediction of Social Trends | Multiple Intelligences and Second Language Learning | Amitav Ghosh's The Circle Of Reason - A Study of Diaspora | The Role of Multimedia in Teaching Writing in English | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF JANUARY 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT | HOME PAGE of January 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

K. R. Vijaya, M.A., M. Phil.
Department of English
Rajalakshmi Engineering College
Chennai 602 105
Tamilnadu, India

Latha Viswanath, M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed.
Department of English
Rajalakshmi Engineering College
Chennai 602 105
Tamilnadu, India

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