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Win's comments struck a nerve
"I didn't learn any formal grammar until I studied German in high school.
I was introduced to the parts of speech and sentence diagramming then.
While I don't remember much German, the English grammar I learned stuck
I too learnt most of my grammar from French in high school, my primary
school grammar only taught me the absolute basics, eg a noun, verb etc.
The theory was that if we read widely we would pick it up automatically,
I don't believe this is true. I read voraciously (at least 10 books a
week of different types) but I don't think it improved my grammar, only
my vocabulary. However I was lucky and had a great English teacher who
helped me out of class in her own time, towards the end of high school to
improve my grammar a little.
Unfortunately my grammar is still shaky in places and I have been looking
for a suitable course to top it up. I feel frustrated that a good
schooling didn't give me an adequate preparation for normal business
writing. I don't mean tech writing but rather just normal report writing
It sounds like the American and Australian educators have been using the
same theories, what about other countries?
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The opinions expressed are mine and not the ABC's.