SPOKEN GRAMMATICALITY AND EFL TEACHER CANDIDATES
Training in spoken grammatical accuracy at §professional levels in English teacher education §programs to ensure teaching quality is a program §component. However, English as a foreign language§teacher education programs typically do not focus on §this area. The present research employed a pretest-§posttest control group experimental design to §investigate the effects of an explicit grammar §teaching method on a group of EFL teacher §candidates oral accuracy. The main purpose of the §study was to investigate if the proposed teaching §method would improve the teacher candidates oral §English proficiency with respect to grammaticality, §and if so, to what extent? Moreover, in light of §concerns that second language speakers attention to §accuracy may impaired their fluency, the research §also studied if explicit grammar instruction would §impair speaking fluency of the teacher candidates.§The study findings suggested that grammar §instruction could improve spoken grammatical §accuracy of English teacher candidates, who are §advanced English learners. In addition, the §increased grammatical accuracy was not obtained at §the expense of fluency.