Teaching introductory graduate syntax


I discuss my experiences teaching introductory graduate syntax for forty years and offer some observations and suggestions that might be helpful to others. I particularly emphasize two things: (i) the importance of developing good homework problems and of timely and thoughtful responses to assignments, and (ii) the necessity of stimulating active participation in class discussion. I propose several techniques for making these things happen. I also suggest ways of dealing with a class made up of students who have widely varying backgrounds in the subject matter.