ERIC Number: ED336980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Choosing Helpful Examples of Structures.
Nelson, Eric S.
MinneTESOL Journal, v6 p53-72 1987
All language teachers, even those committed to teaching language in context, must occasionally provide examples of grammatical or syntactic structures. When searching for effective examples, teachers can evaluate them by asking the following questions: (1) Considering the context and content, is the use of the target structure appropriate?; (2) Does the example illustrate the need for the target structure (or is there another structure that would do as well)?; (3) Does the example encourage formation of a false hypothesis about the target structure?; (4) What does the student need to know about the world in order to understand the example?; (5) Will the student know how examples in a set relate to each other?; (6) Is the example sentence fiction (requiring imagination to interpret) or about the real world?; (7) Is there anything in the example that might keep the student focusing on what is important?; (8) Does it exemplify what it is intended to exemplify?; and (9) How much does the example alone tell the student? (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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