...would you take this survey? (EDITED TO ADD: Even if you know nothing about the English language, that's okay! I'm collecting the voice of the people. Even if you look at this survey and think, "ACK! I hate this stuff," I want to hear it. It's all part of the research.)
It's for my Teaching Grammar class, and the full assignment is due tomorrow but I can always use your answers for further assignments.
(No, I did not procrastinate. The bookstore ran of textbooks and didn't have one for me until today.)
You don't have to answer all the questions, whatever you have time for helps. I have to write two pages. Before 9 AM tomorrow. No rush or anything.
You can put your answers in the comments or email them to me.
The short question that I'd be so indebted to you for answering: What is grammar? What do you think most contributed to your knowledge of grammar?
The long question for which I will seriously send you a thank you card (FOR REAL!) if you can answer any of the following (specifically 5-11):
- Years of schooling
- Previous linguistics classes
- How confident do you feel about your grammar? your writing skills?
- (the following questions on a scale of 1-5; 1 is strongly disagree, 5 is strongly agree) Children should be taught grammar in school because that's how they learn to speak/write correctly?
- The version of English used in school (i.e., Standard English) is the only proper dialect of English.
- Inferior versions of English shouldn't be allowed in the classroom.
- There's a right way to speak/write, and you can find out what it is by consulting dictionaries, et al.
- The English language is in decline. Today's young people don't speak/write as grammatically as previous generations did. (insert finger wagging here)
- It's the job of English and language arts teachers to teach students correct English.
- Teachers should correct students who learn bad grammar at home.
The even longer answers for which I will send you chocolate or something:
- What are some characteristics of good writing? What connection do you see between grammar and good writing?
- How much grammar should the average person know?
- Should grammar be taught in school? Why? Should it be a required subject for everyone?
- Give some examples of "good" grammar and of "bad" grammar.
Okay, resume your regular blog surfing. I'm off to read this. Good times.