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ERIC Number: ED424767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Pronoun Case: Teaching Grammar within a Communicative Paradigm.
Salies, Tania Gastao
A lesson designed to teach usage of pronoun case within a communicative paradigm in English as a Second Language is presented. The target population consists of adult, intermediate-level ESL students. The lesson begins with a chant to gain students' interest and create a relaxed learning atmosphere. Next follows a pantomime that illustrates the difference between subjects and objects using Total Physical Response techniques. This activity is supported by a chart on which the teacher transcribes the sentences students produce during the exercise. All the nouns are substituted for pronouns. Students are then invited to give examples based on the chant. This stage bridges the gap between language elicited through Total Physical Response and language in text form. Visual aids are encouraged. To close the oral activities, a set of exercises drills the featured constructions. Remaining instruction focuses on the explicit teaching of grammar and stresses only rules that can be activated during language production. Written exercises are recommended to reinforce this learning. Comments are offered on use of pronouns in formal and informal language. The chant and supporting instructional materials are appended. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A