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GRAMMAR AND PRONUNCIATION

GRAMMAR AND PRONUNCIATION | TELT | Scoop.it

Laying some myths to rest

 

"This webpage is where anyone can find the material that has nourrished our collective work and thinking on the topic of 'Grammar and Pronunciation'.

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Work by some of my first year Masters in Teaching English students: an eclectic set of links for EFL teachers in France

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Mike McCarthy on spoken grammar | Hancock McDonald ELT

Mike McCarthy on spoken grammar | Hancock McDonald ELT | TELT | Scoop.it

Mike McCarthy gave the opening plenary at English UK Academic (North) conference last Saturday (Oct 4 2014), revisiting the topic of the grammar of spoken English. Spoken language, he pointed out, is in no way an imperfect, poorly realized version of the written form. Quite to the contrary, the written form is an imperfect attempt at abstracting from the actual, living, functioning reality of the spoken form.

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See also link to comment from Mura Nava

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SLA and SL teaching reading: Geoff Jordan

SLA and SL teaching reading: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it

Grammar, CLT, intro to SLA titles with Jordan's annotations.

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Short list of good titles, graduate level.

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Michael Swan: interview by Darren Elliott

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An Interview with Michael Swan from darren elliott on Vimeo. I was very happy to speak to Michael Swan at the JALT conference in Nagoya in November 2010, and now you can listen to what he had to sa...
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Swan: teachers should calculate the most effective use of teaching time available, and avoid overemphasising grammar to the detriment of other areas (vocabulary, fluency).

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Stephen Fry on grammar pedants

Stephen Fry on grammar pedants | TELT | Scoop.it

"It's only ugly because it's new and you don't like it."

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A reminder about other sides to language we teachers often neglect ...

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Wordrobe

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Language games developed by the University of Gröningen (Netherlands) used to build a "large annotated corpus and improve natural language processing software."

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Reading/grammar practice suitable for advanced learners, with social media/gaming integration.

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Grammar Gamble for language geeks, no doubt intended for native speakers, it can provide reading/parsing practice for advanced ESL learners - in Twins, for example, decide whether the highlighted word is a noun or a verb, and indicate your confidence in your decision using a slider.

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Show and tell: A student and his iPhone walk into a bar...

Show and tell: A student and his iPhone walk into a bar... | TELT | Scoop.it

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Laura Patsko describes a one-on-one lesson with an elementary learner on the past tense combining low-tech and high-tech elements.  She explains how the activities fit with her view of learning and teaching, and the integration of technology.

 

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Take "The Wug Test": exploring young children's grammar

Take "The Wug Test": exploring young children's grammar | TELT | Scoop.it
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The original wug test developed by Professor Berko Gleason in 1958 using nonsense words to elicit children's productive use of subconsciously acquired rules for plural formation, past tense, diminutives, and adjectives.

Teachers might appreciate this reminder that grammatical comptence is not learned exclusively at school; students of language acquisition can ponder the various rules Berko Gleason aimed to test.

Read the original research if this takes your fancy: http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/topics/wugs/wugs.pdf
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Language Garden

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Make grammatical trees with Language Garden: this video shows how to arrange and label words in sentences for teaching. 

 

You can subscribe for free resources, and David Warr has a discussion of grammar mindmapping using this tool here http://www.edukwest.com/language-gardening-using-grammatical-mind-maps-in-language-learning/

 

Via Vanessa Vaile of Blogging English http://blogging-learningenglish.blogspot.co.uk/

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Grammar for Teachers: Language Awareness | Cambridge English Teacher

Grammar for Teachers: Language Awareness | Cambridge English Teacher | TELT | Scoop.it

This 5 hour language awareness course could be really useful to pre-CELTA trainees and anyone else who has forgetten what a noun is.


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Michael Swan: What matters in grammar teaching | TeachingEnglish | British Council | Video recording

The full title of this seminar is 'Some things that matter in grammar teaching, and some that don't'. Michael Swan looks and the theory and practice of grammar, and its role in the classroom.


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Things that matter in grammar teaching: Michael Swan

Things that matter in grammar teaching: Michael Swan | TELT | Scoop.it

 

Do you feel like you teach enough grammar in the classroom - too much or too little? Can we ever expect our English language learners to produce perfect grammar?

Michael Swan, is a well-known ELT author, famous for his books on teaching grammar. Learn Michael Swan’s three ‘Ex’s for teaching grammar and how to include grammar in other language practice.

Michael Swan looks at the theory and practice of grammar, and its role in the classroom.

- See more at: http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/seminars/some-things-matter-grammar-teaching-and-some-things-dont#sthash.kUohUItw.dpufVideo
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Video plus handouts from British Council training session

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That's exactly the kind of worries I have so I'm sure it's yours too!

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The grammar lesson revisited: Babylonia, 2014 (2)

The grammar lesson revisited: Babylonia, 2014 (2) | TELT | Scoop.it

Grammar teaching for language learning (Rod Ellis)

Représentation de la grammaire (Jean-Claude Beacco)

Harmonising teaching and learning (David Newby)

 

 

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Open access to the latest issue, including articles by some heavy hitters, and an interesting download on TBLT for primary school EFL with links to resources.

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Swan, 1985: A critical look at the communicative approach

Swan, M. (1985). A critical look at the communicative approach (1). ELT journal,39(1), 2-12. [open access]

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Criticism of CLT by Michael Swan who refutes a number of arguments using quotes from Widdowson and Candlin among others.  

 

Top quote: "Foreigners have mother tongues: they know as much as we do about how human beings communicate."

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Now You're Cheating

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Five of the following sentences are wrong. In pairs, identify which they are, and discuss why they are wrong. 

1.      You’re absolutely right! I am agreeing with you.

2.      I was writing a letter to my mum on the train, but I didn’t have time to finish it.

3.      She’s working as an au pair until she goes to university.

4.      We stay with our parents until the work on our house is done

5.      My grandfather is knowing how to text.

6.      Look. He talks to the linguistics professor.

7.      Peter is studying telecommunications at the moment

8.      These days mobile phones get smaller.

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Funny, interesting post (and informed comments) about decontextualised grammar correction exercises.  When we did those UG-inspired "can you say this in your idiolect" tests when I was in grad school, it always boiled down to how much imagination and effort you were prepared to apply.  (Now we have corpora.)

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Corpus project: online tutorial

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Laura Korhonen, Ilona Laakkonen, Britta Schneider, Richard Van Camp

 

Learn to use a corpus interface from the Brigham Young University. You can use either the British National Corpus (BNC) or the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).

 

This section will familiarise you with a language corpus that supports refined search options and provides data that is specific and more reliable.

 

You can return to this material for tips and advice, when willing to use the corpus as a tool for revising your own piece of text or for exploring the English language.

 

 

1. Corpus basics

 

2. Simple searches

 

3. Words that fit together: collocations

 

4. Building your vocabulary: word families

 

5. The appropriate language: mind the register

 

Time estimate: 3 hours

Self-access log

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I guess this has been out there since 2007; I found it on ELT blog maintained by Mura Nava, who has pedagogical applications for corpora here http://eflnotes.wordpress.com/tag/cupofcoca/

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Grammar Gamble - online quizzes

Grammar Gamble - online quizzes | TELT | Scoop.it

Discrete multiple choice questions on sentence-level grammar: choose the correct version of one sentence, or identify grammatical features, then decide how much you're willing to bet.  

 

The set I tested was probably suitable for lower-intermediate/intermediate learners.  Feedback is immediate, after each answer, but shows the correct answer without an explicit right or wrong evaluation. (You need to check your total score for this information.)

 

 

 


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Decontextualised explicit grammar practice, but may have its place in your teaching and be more fun than usual.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 29, 2012 2:46 AM

Discrete multiple choice questions on sentence-level grammar: choose the correct version of one sentence, or identify grammatical features, then decide how much you're willing to bet.  

 

The set I tested was probably suitable for lower-intermediate/intermediate learners.  Feedback is immediate, after each answer, but shows the correct answer without an explicit right or wrong evaluation. (You need to check your total score for this information.)

 

Obviously very decontextualised explicit grammar practice, which may have its place in your learning programme and may be more fun than usual.

madhura bhagwat's curator insight, August 22, 2013 2:15 PM

interesting.....give it a try....

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Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English

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"This site provides instructions for writing essays in English for a US academic audience. This site also contains academic essays by ESL and EFL students writing in English for university level classes."

 

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Erlyn Baack, ESL writing instructor, ITESM, Quertaro Campus (Mexico) maintains the site http://eslbee.com on advanced composition for non-native speakers of English: advice, examples and exercises for academic writing for intermediate learners and beyond.

 

Here's a review by Jennifer Banton (University of Quebec, Montreal)

"Advanced Composition is a clean looking unified site. It is well planned and easy to follow. There is no advertising to clutter the pages, and all images are directly related to the sites' content and purpose. The audience is specified, and the stated goals are achieved. The author takes great care to cite secondary information, and he includes useful links to related sites. All of this sets a very much appreciated formal and academic tone. In comparison to other Online Writing Labs, Advanced Composition stands out as one of the few which offers higher order writing instruction, including university level sample writing."

 

Via Vanessa Vaile of Blogging English.

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Grammaring – A guide to English grammar

Grammaring – A guide to English grammar | TELT | Scoop.it
"What is Grammaring.com?

Aimed at learners, students and teachers alike, Grammaring.com is a resource portal for people interested in English grammar. The current version is intended for those who are at least at an advanced level of proficiency in English (B2 level or above).

How are the topics organised?

At Grammaring.com English grammar is broken down to its finest details, with even the smallest grammatical items and simplest structures displayed on separate pages. The pages are categorised by topic and shown in a traditional tree structure, and at the same time tagged with grammar and vocabulary terms. If there is a direct relationship between items on different pages, the relevant pages are also connected by links. These can be found under the Related topics and Topics with similar tags sections below the main content on each page. This way, instead of discussing grammar topics individually, we are able to show you how various aspects of grammar are related to each other within the system of English grammar as a whole.

Who created Grammaring.com?

The content of this site was created by Tibor Borbás and Péter Simon, assistant lecturers at the English Department of the University of Szeged, Juhász Gyula Teacher Training College, and instructors at TANSZÉK Angol Nyelviskola in Szeged, Hungary."
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Online English Grammar Resources

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Anthony Hughes has developed this popular grammar reference resource over 15 years. Useful for EFL learners and teachers alike.
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Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals

Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals | TELT | Scoop.it

Brazilian EFL teacher Claudio Azevedo has this to say about his very clearly titled blog:

 

"Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals contains a series of movie segments and activities to assess or practice grammar points through fun, challenging exercises. Here you will find the movie segments, the lesson plans, printable worksheets with answer key for each activity, and the tips to develop your own grammar activities with the DVDs you have at home. New activities are posted regularly. Teaching grammar with movie segments is inspiring and highly motivating."

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