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Englicious and corpus linguistics

Many people have a bad experience form learning grammar through rote exercises and pat phrases. This course recommends using authetntic texts (stories, articles, extracts etc.) that come from real life. …

Cohesion

Read the following short text. What problems can you see? 1) The bus comes to halt. At the next beep, the time will be 16:04. While we were there, the …

Considering context

Here is the sentence from the previous step. The big dog looked menacingly at the nervous postman. When each participant read this, they created their own text world. This text …

Creating cohesion

As we have seen cohesion is created via both lexical and grammatical cohesion. In the article, lexical cohesion is created through the use of words we would typically expect in …

More from Englicious

This course was created by the team behind Englicious Englicious is a project with the aim of helping teachers and schools to teach English grammar in fun and meaningful ways. …

Creating patterns

Now, let’s use the idea of patterns to help us analyse the poem. Writer create patterns in texts through a technique called linguistic foregrounding or highlighting. Linguistic foregrounding is when …

Activities on Englicious

There are more activities on Englicious that use a similar approach to analyse non-fiction texts. If you’re looking for further inspiration, these pages should be of interest: Prepositions in Travel …

Literary linguistics and stylistics

As part of the Englicious project, based in the Survey of English Usage at UCL, this course draws from recent academic research, especially the fields of corpus linguistics, and literary …

Creating bias

Watch the video above to see how the author manipulates grammar to express bias in headlines. Tip: try speeding up or slowing down the videos by clicking the ‘1x’ symbol …

Patterns in poetry

In this example, we started by responding to the poem as readers, and discussed what it means to us. Then, we looked again at the poem to account for those …

Accurate or grammatical?

Instead of thinking about it as a constraint or list of rules, it can help to think of grammar as a toolkit or resource. Learners can draw from their repertoire …

What to avoid!

There are many valid ways to teach English grammar, as with any other subject. This course is based on the principles of teaching English grammar in context. Based on these, …

Grammar in context

All texts are produced in and for a certain context. They are produced with a purpose and audience in mind. These considerations will impact what choices the author makes. Our …