ERIC Number: ED208659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Notional Matrix for Grammatical Forms: Teaching Question Forms.
Shields, Carolyn L.
This paper proposes a matrix of notional categories for classifying grammatical structures. The use of the matrix is illustrated through question forms. Communicative competence in a language presupposes mastery of the grammatical system of that language. Therefore, in adopting a communicatively appropriate syllabus, containing varieties of linguistic notions and functions, one must ensure that grammar is not sacrificed. In acknowledging this, three categories of meanings of utterances are presented--semantico-grammatical, modal, and communicative function. Each of these categories is isolated and identified for the question form. Also discussed is the development of a check list matrix to aid the syllabus constructor in ensuring that a specific grammatical structure will be taught within a notional framework. This check list allows the adaptation of a synthetic syllabus into a more analytic and notional syllabus. (Author/JK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Modal Auxiliary Verbs; Question Types
Note: Paper presented at the Annual TESOL Convention (15th, Detroit, MI, March 3-8, 1981).