Oct 27, 2011

why I don't recommend GIU that much...

えーっと今日は、足に痺れが出ていることもあり、
椅子に座る時間を制限しようと、30分タイマーを設定して書いて見ました。
だーらだら書くのもやめて、最初に枠も決めてね。
で、あくまで英語を書く練習にGIUのことを取り上げているだけで、
この本はそれなりに英語したい人は、
当然手元に置いて然るべきものだと思ってます。
basicやvocabularyも持っていますからね。

1. I don't like GIU so much and there are two reasons why.
2-1 too many drills
2-2 not aimed exclusively for Japanese learners
(3 experience in NY) ...not enough time to write...
4 conclusion

In the previous entry, I wrote that I don't know whey so may learners of English in Japan recommend grammar in use, but I've not mentioned my view whey I don't like it nor gave other textbooks I can recommend in exchange for that. Now I'm going to show you two reasons why I'd rather do without using that one.

Firstly, I don't believe in drills. Drills play an indispensable role of education in Japan from elementary schools to high schools, but I don't think drills can enhance your memories or activate learning. I  understand drills are there thoroughly for teachers, not for students to learn. As for the GIU, the half of the book is spared for the drills, but I doubt that much of drills is truly necessary and useful to learn English grammar, especially for those people who do tadoku and tachou continuously. You will come to learn lots of basic rules of English grammar without knowing it during reading, so minimum amount of drills is what tadokers really needed to tackle with to be able to use grammatically correct English.

Also, there is a big lack of element for those textbooks which are written in English and aimed for people who are natives of various kinds of languages. There are some particular aspects of English grammar which only Japanese speakers mgiht find them difficult to master because some English concept such as perfect tense simply doesn't exist in Japanese. Those pitfalls we Japanese learners are likely to step on are different from the ones others learners who don't speak Japanese. Thus, we don't need to learn a lot what we can understand easily. Just a bit of explanation will let us realize those rules are used in the sentences you've encountered while you're reading books and you'll grasp the rules at once. What you really need to spend enough time to learn is those pitfalls that only Japanese are apt to fall in.

I think GIU is one of the best textbooks at the moment. However, if you're likely to be overwhelmed with the amount of drills, then it might not that bad to try to find another one and I'm sure you'll run into some best for you once in a while if you're truly curious and eager to master English.

3 comments:

Whiskers said...

むむむ・・。
日本人に難しい点に着眼した文法のテキストは、英語の文法の中に流れるコンセプト(?)みたいなものが抜け落ちてるし、GIUは日本人の痒いところに手が届かない(らしい)し・・・。両方、必要に応じてちょこちょこっとやるのがいいのかも。
大体、「文法、やります!」という感じで最初の1ページからやるのがおかしい。つまらないし、学習者にneedが発生してないでしょ。
何がわからないのかがわかったらテキストを開くのが手っ取り早いと思うんだけど、なかなかそれはできないから、「あなたはこういうことができてないみたいだから、ここをちょっと見てみたら?」というすばらしい指導者が近くにいるといいのかな。

難しい話で、しかも今頭がよくまわらない状態なので、うーむ・・・。
コメントも的外れだったかも。:P

Mrs. Malone said...

今ね、学習書を買いたいモードに入っているの(>_<)危ない危ない・・・
でも、多読をやってから薀蓄本を読むと、腑に落ちるところも多くて、逆に言えば、多読やら大量の英語に触れずにこういうのを読んで頭でっかちになっても、知識を使う段階までにはいかないだろうなと思う。多くの先生方が、後者タイプだよね。薀蓄でひとまず生徒を唸らせておけば、あとは楽チンと。。。

薀蓄と言えば、昨日もFrog and Toad読んだんだけど、中に”A Swim" と "The Letter"という話があって、このタイトルだけとっても、 "a" "the" が効果的に使われているなあと思いました。以前はスルーしていた気づきです。

ぜひ、Whiskersさんが使ってみてよかった本、教えてね!学習書のことの、また記事にするから。
I'm madly looking forward to hearing from you about the recommendations of English textbooks.

Whiskers said...

TGIF! Finally I can have a proper weekend...Phew.

Emmie-san, to tell you the truth I've never studied grammar seriously since I graduated from high school. Until I started to teach everything was jumbled up in my head, although I was able to communicate in English without too much difficulty.
Then I got a job to teach. Preparing for classes was just like cleaning, sorting out jumbled-up knowledge and putting it into appropriately labeled drawers. Literally, I learned from teaching. Thanks, my students. :)
Too bad that I don't have any reccomendations.
I'm the one that's looking forward to your entries full of recommendations. ;P

私の教えた生徒ではないけれど、うちの学校の卒業生が、GIUで習って初めて、「そういうことだったのか!」ってわかったと言っていました。でもそれは、GIUのおかげか、教えた先生のおかげかははっきりしないよね。学校についていえば、いい先生に教えてもらう、というのも大きな要素だよね。

BTW, do you know 'Franny K Stein'? Probably your students would like it. Check it out!