n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Vygotskian methods of teaching and learning in the English classroom : the case of grammar

Volume 46, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This paper describes an alternative approach to the teaching of concepts related to the English curriculum, namely literature, writing summaries and grammar. It combines a shift in the theory of school learning development by a combination with a psychological theory of development. The research was conducted over the period of six months with a class of 20 Grade 10 girls at a private convent school. A method was designed which included the concepts of "mediation", "the zone of proximal development," "the double move", using the classical interpretations. In this paper, the research on grammar is described; specifically, parts of speech. The result of this teaching experiment was a very high level of English grammar learning in the classroom.

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