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ERIC Number: ED318237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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(Re)Teaching Prepositions.
Lindstromberg, Seth
Prepositions appear to be especially susceptible to misunderstanding by second language learners. Even upper-intermediate and advanced learners may have ingrained misconceptions. A proposed method for re-teaching prepositions to students at all levels is based on three ideas: (1) prepositions are spatial; (2) they are frequently used metaphorically; and (3) the spatial character of the metaphors can be made clear by simple diagrams illustrating direction and/or relationship. Two exercises to be used with this approach are: (1) diagramming and re-diagramming texts; and (2) translating diagrams. The first exercise involves student diagramming of a text with the prepositions removed. The text is then traded with another student who worked on a different text, and the second student attempts to insert the appropriate prepositions. The class then diagrams the text together on a larger chart. In the second exercise, students diagram prepositions onto a triple-spaced text in the target language. They then translate the text into English. Followup exercises can introduce new verbs in which direction or relationship is a significant part of the meaning. This method creates the idea of a metaphor that can be visualized, rather than of a quirky and inconsistent system. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A