Course Code: ege
We'll begin this first lesson by considering seven definitions of grammar, and we'll draw on all seven of these definitions later in this course. We'll also discuss the differences between patterns and rules, and why second-language learners benefit from our instruction on both patterns and the rules in the classroom. Then, you'll learn that grammar structures have meanings, and they have uses as well. Students need to understand that there are three dimensions of grammar—form, meaning, and use.
In this lesson, we'll talk about three ways that grammar is dynamic and changing. We'll also consider a long-time problem in language learning—the inert knowledge problem, where students appear to have learned something in class but can't use it outside of class for their own purposes. Then, you'll learn the ways that people can use grammar to bring cohesion, coherence, and texture to what they're saying and writing.
In this lesson, you'll see that grammar structures and words are actually interconnected. Then, you’ll learn that grammar has underlying reasons as well as rules.
Learn how to apply the challenge principle, which is a principle for selecting what it is that you need to spend time on with your students, to determine an instructional focus. Then, you'll learn about some of the learning processes that students use to grasp grammar.
In this lesson, we'll examine three different approaches to teaching grammar including the 3-P approach, the traditional approach, and the communicative approach. Then, we’ll contrast implicit and explicit learning and teaching.
In this lesson, we'll start off by contrasting rote or mechanical practice with meaningful practice. And finally, we’ll focus on the best ways to give feedback to students.
Diane Larsen-Freeman is a Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics, and Research Scientist at the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. She has spoken and published widely on the topics of teacher education, second language acquisition, English grammar, and language teaching methodology. Her books include: An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research (with Michael Long, Longman, 1991), The Grammar Book (with Marianne Celce-Murcia, Heinle/Thomson, 1999, second edition), Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (Oxford University Press, 2000, second edition), Grammar Dimensions (Series Director, Heinle, 2007, 4th edition), Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring (Heinle, 2003) and Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (with Lynne Cameron, Oxford University Press, 2008). In 1997, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999, she was named one of the ESL pioneers by ESL Magazine. In 2000, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Heinle Publishers.
Charletta Bowen will be your facilitator in the Discussion Areas. She is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and has been teaching ESL for 30 years. She currently teaches advanced level students at a university in the U.S.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.