Grammar Instruction in Transparent Language Online Posted by Transparent Language on Feb 17, 2014 in For Educators, For Learners, For Libraries, Learning Material Updates
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At Transparent Language we talk a lot about the declarative: words, phrases, and other “chunks” of language that we believe are best delivered to learners via technology. While we believe the procedural aspects of language (skills such as properly applying a grammar rule) are best reinforced with the guidance of an instructor, that doesn’t mean we neglect grammar in Transparent Language Online. On the contrary, grammar can be found all throughout the platform.
Implicit Grammar in Vocab Lessons
Most Transparent Language Online lessons are built around a set of core vocabulary, whether that is pulled from the lesson text or dialogue, or centered around a specific topic. The vocabulary sequence contains and strategically presents grammar patterns that align to the level of the lesson.
For example, the vocabulary might introduce negation shortly after introducing the verb. In the sequence below, you’ll see “J’aime bien le week-end” is followed closely by “Je n’aime pas…”
Explicit Grammar in Vocab Lessons
We then confirm what learners are seeing in the vocabulary sequence is indeed a pattern. This is usually called out explicitly with a comment, like the one seen below.
Explicit Grammar in Lessons
Grammar instruction is a core objective of many Transparent Language Online lessons. In these lessons, we begin by introducing the grammar topic in meaningful context. In the example below, we introduce the English superlative (“easiest”) in the lesson dialogue.
We then explain the pattern’s form and meaning using examples and simple language. In this example, we build on the contextual example in a series of slides that explain the English superlative, clearly state the grammar pattern, and provide various examples.
Finally, learners work with the grammar pattern through meaningful practice. In the example below, learners are asked to fill in the blank with the correct form of the comparative or superlative.
Explicit Grammar Anytime
For learners looking for more grammar information, they can refer at any time to the various resources in the Grammar & References section. This section provides quick, friendly explanations of common grammar points in the given language through several resources:
- Alphabet Explorer – an overview of the language’s native alphabet, including letter names, sounds, and shapes
- Grammar Tips– short, fun videos that visually introduce common grammar concepts
- Grammar Reference – longer, written explanations of common grammar concepts
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