Abstract: There have been debates on the necessity of grammar teaching in the English language teaching in China over the past few decades. Since the Communicative Language Teaching was introduced into the country, it has been misunderstood to some extent and many teachers have been afraid to carry out or even mention grammar teaching in their classrooms. What is worse, in the newly published curriculum standard for English teaching, the position of language knowledge teaching, of which grammar teaching is an indispensable part, is not attached enough importance to, which will confuse the teachers and have a negative effect on the development of English language teaching. In order to clear up the misunderstanding of the Communicative Language Teaching and attach enough importance to grammar teaching in English language teaching, this thesis has attempted to elaborate on the necessity of grammar teaching from such angles as the nature of grammar, the objective of English teaching, the ultimate aim of education.
Key words : necessity; grammar teaching
In modern society the ultimate aim of education is "to teach the learners how to learn". Lifelong learning is necessary and English learning is a very important part of lifelong learning. Grammar is a kind of knowledge that can produce knowledge. It can enable learners to learn English well to get more information after they leave schools.
The nature of English teaching in China determines that in China English is taught as a foreign language. The grammatical knowledge can not only be used to monitor input and output, it can also be used to understand what is heard or read. Different methodological schools may have different attitudes towards grammar, but none of them totally deny the importance of grammar teaching in the course of language teaching. What is stated above brings the thesis to the natural conclusion that grammar teaching is necessary in the English language teaching in middle schools in China.
The thesis proves that grammar teaching is necessary in the English language teaching in China from different angles. Teachers of English in China shouldn't be afraid of mentioning or carrying out grammar teaching in their English language teaching.