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A good read

Marcos Benevides, an “English teacher in Japan, coursebook writer, ELT blogger, Creative Commons enthusiast” and former Osaka JALT member (former because he no longer lives in Osaka), posted a very interesting essay on his blog titled Grammar as cartography. He uses the analogy that studying grammar is like studying a map.

“…maps are not the landscape itself; they are a representation of that landscape. Likewise, grammar itself is not the language, but rather a way to describe language…”

It is a very interesting analogy and one that could be very helpful with students. Check out the post; it is well worth the read.