Number one for English language teachers

Grammar: The shape of English grammar

Simon Mumford wins the competition again with a very visual lesson that uses diagrams to revise grammar constructions.

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  • I also like the idea of representing grammar visually, but unless the grammar points have previously been presented using these diagrams, I think this is an extremely difficult task, even for advanced students.

    Some thoughts about the diagrams:

    Isn't the triangle for the use of the article upside down? Surely it's more logical to have the base of the triangle representing the biggest population i.e. plural (cats), no article, and the apex representing the smallest population i.e. specific item (the cat), definite article.

    I also find the 'for' vs 'since' diagram a bit confusing, as 'for' is normally used to talk about a period of time, so should be represented as a 2-headed arrow. I think this diagram might be better suited to show 'since' and 'ago'.

    Nonetheless, some interesting ideas here. Thanks!

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  • Brilliant ! Having taught in France for 20 years, I've been looking for a smart, visual way to illustrate how and when to omit/use the definite/indefinite article - thanks to Simon, I can't wait to try out the triangle. The cogs for link words also have instant appeal, I'll let you know what the students think !Thanks very much. Kate

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