The Evidence is IN: Drills are OUT

I’ve been trying to reinforce my current beliefs about language teaching and learning with research, and I came across this 2003 article from the Foreign Language Annals.  Bill Van Patten and Wynne Wong published their research about grammar drills.  I’ve only read a bit so far, but it is quite intriguing.  The part I read seemed to show that exposure to a grammar concept in a variety of situations were students did not have to produce the grammar was more beneficial than having students produce the grammar concept immediately in activities that moved from rote drill to more open-ended activities. I found the article at http://www.temple.edu/tlc/events/seminars_and_workshops/reading-group-readings/Wong&VanPatten2003.pdf

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