Back to basics: should universities teach grammar?

 

Imagine a student turning up at university and not knowing basic multiplication. He or she could be hard-working, bright, enthusiastic but completely unable to answer a basic question like: what’s six times seven? If the scenario sounds extreme, consider it a reasonable analogy for what has happened to the teaching of English grammar and syntax in Australia.

Read more at The Conversation (Published by the The Conversation Media Group, 11 March 2013)