ERIC Number: ED240848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the "Se" Constructions in Spanish: A Communicative Approach.
Parla, JoAnn; Chambers, Jenifer
An approach to teaching the paradigmatic and reciprocal uses of the "se" construction in Spanish is presented. A system of eight basic categories of the paradigmatic reflexives is outlined, including "do-it-yourself," reciprocal, reflexive of change, consumer, reflexive of interest, optional, change of meaning, and reflexive-only classifications. Textbook treatments of the constructions are reviewed, and the common limitations found include partial explanations, misleading information such as the use of incomplete English translations, erroneous information, and drills that do not help the teacher recognize student problems. The proposed approach focuses on the order of presentation of the categories of uses and on the nature of the drills and practice items. The categories are grouped for presentation in this order: reflexive of change, preferably presented separately for animate and inanimate subjects; change of meaning; reflexive-only and optional; reflexive of interest and consumer; and "do-it-yourself" and reciprocal. Practice exercises requiring creative responses, including guided questions, guided dialogues, and transformation exercises are recommended and some samples are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the Conference of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Niagara Linguistics Society.