When to stop teaching grammar
I'm curious to know if other teachers have had the same problem as myself and how they combat it. I teach in France, mostly to adults and university students. What I meet is that my students have already had at least 10 years of exposure to English in schools but they can't speak the language. They have had enormous exposure to grammar and to put it in a nutshell, are really weary of grammar teaching which is favoured by the educational structures and some teachers here. They still can't speak the language.......... ! I'm battling with the reliance of some of my colleagues who continue to teach grammar, use controlled teaching, and all the testing methods, and still my students after 2 or 3 years exposure to this method of teaching still can't speak. My question is, when do we stop teaching grammar, when do we start involving students in an interactive mode and how....... ? Can we really continue to teach the present perfect versus the present perfect continuous when most native speakers don't know the difference and few language teachers are also stumped by the problem. What do you do to move the 'grammar weary' to the interactive. I know, role plays and so on. But how to remove them from the talking at' to the interaction. I'm interested to know your ideas as the way we seem to be teaching a second language seems to be still in the grammar based mode. I have some ideas and use them in my teaching but I constantly find that I am struggling with colleagues who are more worried about their lesson plans than helping the students to speak. Commentary would be welcome, providing it's constructive.