Welcome to…. Innovative Techniques to Clear-Up the Most ...

Welcome to…. Innovative Techniques to Clear-Up the Most ...

Welcome to. Innovative Techniques to Clear-Up the Most Common Grammatical Misuses Make abstract grammar concepts more concrete. Discover fun and effective techniques to correct common errors. By Gelene Strecker-Sayer, NBCT ESOL Teacher/ELD Specialist MIDTESOL Conference - October 21 & 22, 2011 - St. Louis, MO [email protected] Focusing on Present tense conjugation

Irregular Past Tense Prepositions Corrective Feedback Types of Errors students make Phonological/Pronunciation 29% Grammatical 56% Lexical 11% Content 6% Discourse 8%

Lexical errors were the most commonly corrected. Considered the easiest to correct. hadron, 1988 Error Correction & Types: Teacher Feedback Student Repair Recast 55% 0% Clarification Request 11% 20% Elicitation 14%

43% Metalinguistic 8% 26% Explicit Correction 7% 0% Repetition 5% 11% *Elicitation draws attention to error but doesnt provide answer. Proposition: Change the way we provide feedback & utilize more innovative ways to teach & learn grammar.

Why might students have difficulty with discrete language points? - Language interference - Learning to reading, write, listen & speak simultaneously Listening is the first step! Move from listening in a general/broad way. Part of the process is retraining their ears to hear the smaller sounds/elements in language. Move beyond recasts Help students break the cycle, break old habits

and form better ones by using these techniques!!! The BRAIN is dynamic & thrives on novelty!! So use take advantage of it when teaching & designing strategies It is not only more fun but also effective!! The key is to hand over ownership of learning by directly teaching students how to build and use their metacognition, so they

can create & use relevant strategies to help them recall information & become independent learners. Show them how to: STOP Think about a strategy PRESENT TENSE VERB CONJUGATION STOPS & GO- A Visual Activity for Understanding!! Use Traffic Signal TO SIGNAL STUDENTS!! Singular- StopS and addS /S/ Plural- Keep on GOing

Students must understand concept of singular/plural Students must also understand sentence order S-V The basis of STOPS & GO: Provide students with kinesthetic, oral and visual tool to help recall how to use the present tense accurately in reading, writing and speaking. How to: If the noun is Singular, then STOPS and adds /S/ (notice the sibilant /s/ ) RED to signify STOPping. The flower grows. A boy runs.

The basis of STOPS & GO: If the noun is plural, then keep on GOing. GREEN to signify continuing/GOing The flowers grow. ** The boys run. Special Pronoun I to follow plural rule I GO ** My friend play??

The cat jump?? They is?? Huh???? He have?? We was?? STOPS & GO can be used with various present tense verbs that students have difficulty using: Regular present tense- runs, goes, jumps, hides, plays **

Has/Have ** ** I to follow plural rule I GO ** Is/Are - I am special ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- & Past Tense Was/Were - I was disappointed. PRESENT TENSE VERB CONJUGATION

Activities/Ways to Incorporate In a group/oral practice: Shouting out Stop/Go. Using hand signals OR student made Stop-Go signs. Reading Practice: Students read a passage/paragraph to each other and LISTEN for verb tense usage Students read something they have written to each other and listen for verb tense usage. (both have copy of what is written to check for oral/written errors) PRESENT TENSE VERB CONJUGATION Activities/Ways to Incorporate In written practice: Students write and check their writing using

red/green pens or highlighters Making own worksheets include traffic signal & road, drive mini-Match Box cars, stopping at the intersection of Subject & Verb. In pre-made worksheets or in student writing, draw traffic signal at the beginning of sentences & color light accordingly. Add Traffic Signal Box to the front of Pre-Made Worksheet: 0 0 He _______ (is/are) going to the store. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Highlight nouns in Pre-Made Worksheet: My friend Jack has a dog. The dog is named Spot. Jack and Spot take a walk everyday. Sometimes Jack keeps Spot at home. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Make Your Own Worksheets w/Traffic Signal Boxes: He 0 0 eat/eats his lunch at school.

Driving in a sentence: ----------------------------------------------------- The cats 0 0 has/have milk. Driving in a sentence: ----------------------------------------------------- Add Traffic Signal Box to Pre-Made Worksheet :

IRREGLAR PAST TENSE ACTIVITY think-thought, buy-bought, fight-FIGHTED!!! Color-Coded Irregular Past Tense Flash Cards These can be used as a form of student practice as well as a quick & straightforward assessment tool. The cards are grouped by a coding system which makes it easy for teacher and students to see patterns of use and misuse. think thought GREEN - verb stays the same: put/put, hurt/hurt, pet/pet, cut/cut LIGHT GREEN- drop mid or ending vowel to make word have short

vowel meet/met, hide/hid, lead/led GRAY - verb changes, but not in reliable pattern pay/paid, read/read, took/take, fall/fell RED - verb changes to a completely different word eat/ate, is-are/was-were, go/went PURPLE- middle vowel/vowels change to /o/ wake/woke, choose/chose, wear/wore YELLOW - initial consonant/s remain, rest of word changes to /ough or /aught/ think/thought, fight/fought, bring/brought BLUE final /d/ is replaced by /t/ build/built, bend/bent LIGHT BLUE-/ee/ changes to /e/ and add /t/ sleep/slept, keep/kept

PINK - middle vowel changes to /a/ give/gave, come/came, sing/sang, drink/drank BROWN retain initial blend and add /ew/ fly/flew, grow/grew ORANGE- replace /i/ with /u/ fly/flew, know/knew, grow/grew Show students that they are smart and already KNOW many right answ Now I .. Yesterday I.. know

knew grow grew fly flew Connecting what they dont yet know to what they DO know IRREGULAR PAST TENSE ACTIVITY think-thought, buy-bought, fight-FIGHTED!!! Color-Coded Irregular Past Tense Flash Cards

* Organize them into groups and look for patterns. Students can play with flash cards practicing first with present tense, then work in reverse. * Can be made into regular one sided cards for students to different games; Matching, Go Fish, Old Maid, etc. * Change ALL to black, remove color cue when writing. * Teacher can assess kids to see which ones they know. * These can be made by students, used by anyone & taken home to share with family. PREPOSITION ACTIVITIES At Saturday Floor Activity Supplies physical sense of ON & connects to idea of Smaller pieces/chunks of time 1. Put papers with days of week on the floor or write on tile

with dry erase marker. 2. Students walk/jump/leap from day to day, saying ON.. 3. Expand On Saturday, I played with my friends. 4. Can include holidays: On Eid, On Dawali, On Christmas, On my birthday, etc. 5. Put days together: On break, On vacation, On the weekend 6. Extend into writing; make a journal or book. 7. Read each others journals or books. PREPOSITION ACTIVITIES Months & Seasons IN a Bag Activity Supplies physical sense of IN & Larger spans of time b/c larger object

1. Get boxes/paper bags/milk crates- something for students to safely put over head or stand in---NO PLASTIC PLEASE!! 2. Decorate each side winter, spring, summer, fall & corresponding months. 3. Stand in or put paper bag/box on head; say: IN.. 4. Expand to sentences to include topics like; weather, clothing, things people do, what it is like in other countries, etc. 5. Extend into writing; make journal, book, essay, etc. 6. Read each others journals or book. PREPOSITION ACTIVITIES My pencil is ON my classroom Walking Activity Personal Placement Prepositions- to, in, at, on Supplies physical sense, reinforcing difference.

1. Take students on walk to places in school whispering, I am walking TO the library/gym/office. 2. STOP at the door and say: I am AT the library/gym/lunchroom. 3. Pass thru the door into the room and say: I am IN the library/gym/lunchroom. 4. Follow up with a trip to the playground repeating each step: I am walking TO, I am AT & I am ON the playground! Move from using recasts & traditional handouts to teach & correct misuses To providing strategies & techniques

for the students to utilize Incorporating more discrete listening practice We put the ability & responsibility for learning in their hands.. In the end.. A more independent learner => more competent learner => more confident learner => a happier kid!!

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