Communicative Problems of Grammar

Type: For the student's choice

Department: english philology




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516Associate Professor Olesia TatarovskaIna41, Ina42, Ina43, Ina44, Ina45, Ina46

Laboratory works

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Course description

Purpose of the Course: to familiarize students with the main theoretical provisions of the communicative approach to teaching grammar of modern English.

Course Objective:

  • to form a scientific understanding of the systematic nature of the communicative approach to the teaching of grammar of the English language;
  • to acquaint with traditional and newest grammatical theories;
  • to lay out the peculiarities of the formation and structure of the grammatical meaning.

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