How much grammar a student should know

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How much grammar a student should know is an area of debate.

  • High level students certainly should have a better understanding than low level students.
  • Students often dislike grammar, finding it uninteresting, confusing and not particularly helpful.
  • Understanding grammar well does not usually translate into being able to produce language naturally.
  • Knowing some grammar may increase the comprehensibility of texts, particularly readability.
  • Students need to know some grammar to be able to use a dictionary (see using a dictionary). So they need to know parts of speech.
  • Most language knowledge is implicit rather than explicit knowledge.
  • Students may need to know some grammar if they are going to be tested on it.


Students may know grammar terms in their own language, but not in English.