Developing a base of English expressions using MAP Grammar
Meaning-order approach to pedagogical grammar (MAP Grammar) was introduced in the classroom in order to achieve the goal established by the prefecture; namely, cultivating students who can 'understand someone's intentions and ideas, and convey their own opinions in English'. It was felt that the most appropriate time to begin MAP Grammar instruction was six months into the first year of the students' English study. The overall aim of the MAP Grammar instruction introduced is to help students form a 'base' of English expressions or a repertoire of phrases that they may readily produce. In addition to the 15-minute drills conducted at the start of each lesson, many lessons also used MAP Grammar for productive tasks. The first 15 minutes of the lesson are devoted to MAP Grammar drills. These are conducted every lesson in ordered to familiarize students with the basic structure of English and to demonstrate how individual grammar structures operate within that structure.