I have a particular aversion to the type of grammar lesson where the teacher introduces a grammar point and asks the students questions to practise it. For example, he asks the question: What am I doing?, requiring the answer You are putting your pen on the desk. This kind of practice produces English that bears no relation to the realities of language use. It also requires the teacher to perform actions that bear no relation to the realities of how people actually behave (as when the teacher opens and closes the door - impossibly slowly - three or four times in succession to allow different students to answer the same question!)

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