Structural Analysis

Here we are referring to the process of analyzing the grammar of a sentence or utterance. We encourage aprendices to learn how to do structural analysis; we want them to appreciate and apply grammatical awareness in their practice – but when working with language learners, analyzing the structure will likely only overwhelm and intimidate the learners, especially if their skill level is low.

To be more specific: it’s good to know that we put an s on the end of regular nouns to make the plural. This is useful and interesting to all learners, especially to advanced beginners. However, just telling someone the rule is not a reliable way to ensure that they will be able to fluently produce this structure when speaking (or writing). This is an example of confusing a knowledge-based paradigm with a skills development paradigm.

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