my years as a member of the NCTE Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar
(ATEG), I have seen people come and go on the ATEG list server. It is my
impression that many of the people who left did so because that list deals
with all aspects of grammar, many of which are very theoretical and of
no interest to practicing teachers, etc. I have also refrained from peppering
that list with questions relevant specifically to the KISS Approach to
Grammar. On the other hand, I have received many questions about KISS Grammar,
and there are many people who are interested in the specifics of this approach.
the analysis of specific sentences,Among other things, I am hoping that people will use this list to offer suggestions, both for different types of exercises, and for specific exercises. Anyone who is interested in discussing the KISS Approach may become a member of the list. This includes not only teachers, but also home-schooling parents, administrators, business people, etc.
The only requirement is that messages (and questions) sent to the list must be related to KISS Grammar *. To enforce this requirement, and thus keep the list on focus (and to avoid spam), I asked for control of the list membership. To be added to (or deleted from) the list, simply send a request to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name, your e-mail address,
and one or more of the following codes:
The primary purpose of the codes is to give me a basic perspective of who is on the list. I hope you find this list to be both enjoyable and educational.
Other KISS Discussion Groups
The Yahoo KISSGrammarGroup
Since this list
was started, Leah Del Signore (a member of this list) has started a Yahoo
KISS Grammar Group. You can join it by going to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KISSGrammarGroup/.
It is more active than the KISS List, and, simply as a matter of time and
audience, I answer questions there in more detail than I do direct messages
The KISS Grammar Forum
After I expressed the desire to have a discussion format with more organized separate strands for various approaches to KISS, Leah also established a phpBB KISSGrammar.freeforums.org board. Once again I owe her my thanks.
* People interested in discussing other approaches to teaching (and aspects of) grammar will find the ATEG list very hospitable. NCTE members can, of course, discuss grammatical questions on several of NCTE's lists. Albert E. Krahn's Punctuation Underdog Page includes an invitation to a list for the discussion of punctuation problems. Questions of usage are not a primary focus of the KISS Approach, but Paul Brians' Common Errors in English is a useful site.