Structural syllabus

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A structural syllabus, also known as a grammatical syllabus, is a product-oriented syllabus based on grammatical structures graded according to complexity.[1]

It is one of the most traditional methods used in course design and typically formed the basis of the grammar translation and audiolingual methods.[2] However, it also forms the basis for methods that are considered more "modern", such as Asher's Total Physical Response and Gattengo's The Silent Way.[2]

The move towards a more communicative approach to language teaching in the 1970s led to syllabi such as the functional-notional and the task-based or procedural syllabus.[2]


  1. British Council: Syllabus writing
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ellis, Rod. "The Structural Syllabus and Second Language Acquisition" (pp. 91-113) Tesol Quarterly Spring 1993

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