Dr. Noora Abdul Kader
Department of Education
Aligarh Muslim University
When it comes to learning a new language like English language, there is a great need to study its grammar; the importance of grammar could not be neglected. Knowing about grammar also helps to understand what makes sentences and paragraphs clear, interesting and precise. The present study makes an attempt to study the effectiveness of consciousness raising tasks in constructing tenses in English language. The study is conducted with two group pretest posttest experimental design on a sample of 80 standard VIII students from Kerala. Test on syntactic structures was used as the test for pretest and posttest. Lessons on tenses were taught using lesson transcripts based on consciousness raising tasks for the experimental group and discourse oriented pedagogy for the control group. Test of significant difference between means, ANCOVA and Boneferroi test of Post hoc comparisons were the statistical techniques used in the study. The result of the study revealed that consciousness raising tasks were more effective in teaching tenses for standard VIII students compared to the present method of teaching grammatical structures.
Key words: Consciousness raising tasks, tenses, English language