Tests and drills in English grammar for foreign students


As it can be seen from the examples above, drills focus on accuracy and are mechanical. However, many teachers, think that drills may have some advantages in ELT, especially if the focus is shifted from accuracy to fluency.
Drills may be exploited in learner-centered activities to help students gain fluency. In such fluency-based drills, students may have a chance to try and say things without hesitations, at the right speed, and without undue pauses. To reach that objective teachers provide short formulaic language (or chunks) for students to practice. But instead of repeating these chunks meaninglessly, students have to be given a context and enough time to process and internalize these chunks at their own pace and using their own strategies.
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