Hi, this is Scott. Today, I’d like to talk about a misconception some students have when they come to me for English classes.

Some students believe there are only two types of English classes: either traditional grammar, or 100% free conversation. I like to think of grammar and free conversation as tools, and like with any tool, they’re good for some things, and not for others. For example, (traditional) grammar could be good, in some cases, to help a student clarify the correct way to form a sentence, or to see greater varieties in ways to form their sentences.

However, many students find traditional grammar boring. And also as a teacher, what I’ve seen is that many times traditional grammar does not help a student speak or listen better. And I think this is because speaking and listening happen in real time, and it’s very difficult to apply a grammar rule in real time.

So, is the answer 100% free conversation classes? I’ll be sharing my thoughts on that in the next video.

In the meantime, what do you think? What has been your experience? Has traditional grammar helped you speak English better, and understand better? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, and I’ll see you next week.

Thank you.