‘If Malak hadn’t been there and called for an ambulance, I would have died.’

SECTION B1 – Grammar 

In this section, you need to look at some of the language in the newspaper article and study the language for teaching purposes. Find the underlined sections in the text then choose TWO grammatical structures for which you will provide a full analysis in three sections including Meaning, Form and Pronunciation, as you would do it for students

  1. If Malak hadn’t been there and called for an ambulance, I would have died.
  • ‘It must have been so frightening for Malak
  • ‘in a few years’ time, we’ll be teaching this life-saving skill at school’
  1. Name of the grammatical structure:

Please give the name of this grammatical structure

  • Meaning:

2a What is the meaning/usage of the structure and how you would use this context to clarify the meaning in class? (Hint: pictures/timelines may be useful in some of these examples.)  

2b Describe any problem that students might have with the meaning or usage of the structure

2c  How you would solve this problem?

2d  Provide 3 CCQs you will use to check students’ understanding of meaning/use

  • Form:

3a  Break down the structure to highlight features of form.

3b  Describe one problem that students might have with the form of the structure.

3c  How you would solve this problem?

  • Pronunciation

4a  Which feature of pronunciation you would highlight when teaching this grammar point. (Hint: Consider features of pronunciation that relate to this grammar structure more generally, not only in this example). Include a phonemic transcription where necessary and identify where the stress lies.

4b  Describe how you would clarify this/these point(s).

                                                                             (Suggested word count: 450 – 600 words)

SECTION B2 – Lexis 

In this section, you need to look at some of the lexis in the article and study the language for teaching purposes. Find the underlined sections in the text then choose TWO lexical structures for which you will provide a full analysis including Meaning Form and Pronunciation as you would do it for students. 

  1. Girl, 6, shows attending school lessons pays off.
  • It must have been frightening to see her mum so poorly.
  • A girl aged six whose mother collapsed into a diabetic coma has been praised for dialling 999
  1. Meaning:

1a. Please describe the meaning of the word or the phrase in the form of a definition appropriate for this context.

1b  Describe any problem that students might have with the meaning of the word.

1c. How you would solve the problem(s) describe in 1b?

1d How would you clarify the meaning in this context? (Hint: CCQs, pictures, mime, etc may be useful in some of these examples.)

  • Form:

2a State the type of word or phrase (eg. Adjective/noun phrase/ phrasal verb etc.) and give its base form including any relevant aspects of form. 

2b Describe one or two problems that students may have with the form of this structure and outline how you would solve them. 

2c. How you would solve the problem(s) described in 2b?

  • Pronunciation:

3a. Which feature(s) of pronunciation would you highlight for this structure. Include a phonemic transcription where necessary and identify where the stress lies.

3b Describe how you would clarify this/these point(s). 

                                                                             (Suggested word count: 300 – 400 words)

 CHECK LIST FOR LANGUAGE ASSIGNMENT

The following points are potential pitfalls and candidates may be asked to resubmit To help you avoid these, please review your assignment and make sure you have taken these into account.

  I have taken these key elements into account
xI have analysed two of the grammatical structures and two of the lexical structures (not all three) 
xMy CCQs check the target language (highlighted in bold and underlined) and not a part of the context or model sentence that do not relate to the target language 
xMy CCQs do not simply reformulate the target language  
xMy CCQs for part B1 Grammar do not contain the target language in the question itself 
xThe CCQs are concise and easy for students to understand 
xI have included a phonemic transcription of the target language 
xI have proofread my assignment and checked for spelling errors/typos 
xI have included a bibliography 

ONLY A SAMPLE ANSWER   

Suggested Bibliography

When completing Part B: The language assignment, you need to consult a good learner’s dictionary. (There are many available online and in the teachers’ room.) You should also consult a grammar book. Here are some suggestions:

Aitken, R. (2002) Teaching Tenses ELB

Eastwood, J. (2008) Oxford Practice Grammar (2nd Edition)

Parrott, M. (2008) Grammar for English Language Teachers (2nd Edition) Cambridge

Swan, M. (2005) Practical English Usage (3rd Edition) Oxford         

Workman, G. (2008) Concept Questions and Timelines Gem

Murphy, R. (2004) English Grammar in Use (3rd Edition)

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