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Title: Singapore, grammar, and the teaching of 'internationally acceptable English'
Author: Tom McArthur
Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: A consideration of the place of, and options for, explicitly teaching grammar to learners of English as an international language. A development of the opening address given at a conference on the teaching of grammar at the Regional Language Centre (RELC) in Singapore in November 2003. The key issue of the conference was whether the English-language skills of Singaporean school leavers would be improved through a revival of explicit and formal grammar teaching in the Lion City's 21st-century classrooms. The paper addresses this issue in both current and historical terms, going back indeed, at the end, to the beginnings of Western-style grammar teaching among the Greeks. While doing this, however, it also considers the nature and role of what the Singaporean government takes to be the proper target for its future citizens: speaking and writing an internationally acceptable English.

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This article appears IN English Today Vol. 20, Issue 4.

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