Wednesday, October 23

ANDARIKI ANGLAM -1

GRAMMARLESSNESS - A DANGEROUS TREND

The teaching of formal grammar in our schools, and the testing of grammar in examinations, have both declined in recent years under the influence of our pseudo educationists and innovators of the so -called structural techniques. The old but sturdy edifice seems to be in danger of disappearing, in favour of less structured (and by common consent less satisfactory) methods of
teaching literacy and testing it. The results of this dangerous trend of grammarlessness are now being felt increasingly, because even after ten to twelve years of schooling, the average student is not able to express himself correctly and fluently in the English language. Grammar forms our basis in the learning of any language, and without laying this foundation firmly the so-called ‘structural approach’ is bound to prove futile and even harmful. Our Andariki Anglam Module-I, English For All Module-II are based on the assumption that an understanding of the English language must begin with a working knowledge of Tenses. This knowledge is offered to the student not as an arid exercise, but as a pleasant and rhythmical drill that will enable the beginners to learn this most important language of the world in an easy and enjoyable manner. The present volume—Andariki Anglam Module-I -is an attempt to drill the students ‘in the correct use of tenses. Here the main stress is not on the teaching of grammatical names and terms, but on correct usage. It is hoped that the book, taken in continuity with MODULE-II, will help the students to achieve the cherished desire of every educated Indian—i.e., the ability to write and speak excellent English.