After having returned from a week training etc in Uzbekistan I come back to
over 30 Dogme mails as well as all the others. So, it takes me a few days to
read them all - therefore, if anyone else has picked up on this one, sorry.
> When I did the DELTA I had to prepare a class with material from a book
about 'must' for deduction. So I decided to tape some friends doing a
brain-teaser puzzle from the coursebook, where you had to speculate about a
whodunnit mystery. They didn't use 'must' once, NOT ONCE, not for
speculation or anything else, in the course of a tape maybe 10 minutes long
(they used 'has/had to' and 'has got to' depending on how close they thought
they were to the solution). So much for the textbook.
Sure, Steve. One reason for this is that most coursebooks (and coursebook
writers) stll don't use Corpora to inform their language choice. Instead
they rely on Grammar books, often old ones, which again do not use Corpora.
It's always amused me to see 'will' being 'taught' through the context of
Weather Forecasts. If you actually tape/watch British forecasts they use
'going to' as frequently and modals such as 'might', 'could', 'should' etc
far more frequently.
I think it's important always to ask yourself on what data are grammar books
and coursebooks based?