INCIDENTAL GRAMMAR ACQUISITION IN FOCUSING ON MEANING INSTRUCTION FOR BEGINER

Darmaning Diah Oktasari

Abstract


Incidental grammar acquisition refers to the learner’s acquisition on certain grammatical features during the instruction focusing on other aspect of language. The research examined incidental grammar acquisition on plural –s and copula be during the instruction focusing on meaning. The features are not taught directly but the features are available in the instruction purposively to investigate how the features are acquired incidentally as the learners follow the instruction focusing on meaning. The plural –s and copula be are special because they are not easily mastered by the Indonesian learners due to difference between Indonesian and English rules presenting plural. Nevertheless, teaching the grammatical features directly is not allowed and unbeneficial in the process of acquiring English as second language. Furthermore, intentional teaching of grammatical features has been proven ineffective. This article is intended to give a perspective on how focusing on meaning instruction can facilitate the beginners to acquire plural form –s and copula be. The two features can be a good starting point for advanced investigation on more complex grammar features.

Keywords


incidental grammar acquisition;meaning instruction;English for beginners

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