Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022                                      Pp.80-91

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  Review and Analysis of Theories Underlying Grammar Teaching Methodologies 

Asma Alqahtani
English Language Institute
University of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Received:05/28/2022         Accepted:11/14/2022                 Published:12/15/2022


Grammar is significant in learning other language skills, such as speaking and writing. Theories of teaching grammar in a foreign language are vital as they allow EFL teachers to build a frame for language learners. Grammar instruction is a bridge that links learners with other skills and if their grammar competence is vulnerable, the whole language production will be weak too. This study seeks to understand and review language theories that underlie daily grammar teaching. Many of EFL/ESL teachers teach grammar without a solid understanding of the language theories that inform their actual teaching practices and methodologies. This paper sheds light on the linguistics theories underlying grammar teaching methodologies in most English as foreign language classes and textbooks. It is significant for English teachers to have a basic knowledge of language acquisition theories as it directly influences their ability to provide appropriate content-area instructions.
Keywords: Behaviorism theory, Cognitivism theory, English teaching methods, grammar teaching

Cite as:  Alqahtani. A. (2022).  Review and Analysis of Theories Underlying Grammar Teaching Methodologies.
Arab World English Journal, 13 (4) 80-91.


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Received: 05/28/2022  
Accepted: 11/14/2022 
Published: 12/15/2022

Dr. Asma Alqahtani is an assistant professor of TESOL at the University of Jeddah, English Institute. She holds a masters in TESOL and doctorate degrees in TESOL /Curriculum and Instruction from America, Murray State University. Her research interests lie in the areas of Second Language Acquisition and grammar teaching and processing.  Alqahtani has experience teaching English as a foreign language in several contexts, including mm Al-Qura University, Nashville/ Tennessee English Center, and Murray State University. ORCID: