LANGUAGE STRUCTURES AND CONVENTIONS

Introduction

Choices in language features and text structures together define a type of text and shape its meaning. These choices vary according to the purpose of a text, its subject matter, audience and mode or media of production. Understanding language conventions enables students to describe how language works, to make meaning as they speak and listen, to read and to be able to use language to make meaning as they write. Understanding how language features vary according to purpose allows students to critically analyse texts in order to appreciate, interpret and create well–constructed texts.

Task

WATCH VIDEO OF NOUNS BEING EXPLAINED

LINK OF AN ONLINE QUIZ ABOUT NOUNS 

FOLLOW LINK AND WATCH VIDEO OF ABVERBS BEING EXPLAINED

TAKE QUIZ AND CHECK YOUR SCORE AT THE END

COMPLETE WORKSHEET

 

Process

STEP 1

WATCH VIDEO ABOUT NOUNS

 

STEP 2

ONLINE QUIZ ON NOUNS

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/noun-what-quiz.htm

 

STEP 3

Video about adverbs

 

STEP 4

ONLINE QUIZ ON ADVERBS

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/adverbs_quiz.htm 

 

STEP 5 

WORKSHEET

 

1. THERE ARE 7 TYPES OF NOUNS. NAMELY:s

a) Countable

b) uncountable NOUN

 c) Common 

d) proper nouns 

e) Abstract nouns,

f) Possessive forms of nouns

g) Collective nouns and classifier

 

2. DESCRIBE EACH NOUN

a) Countable- 

b) uncountable NOUN- 

 c) Common - .

d) proper nouns -

e) Abstract nouns,-

f) Possessive forms of nouns- 

g) Collective nouns and classifier-

 

3.GIVE AND EXAMPLE OF IT.

 

4. READ THE SENTENCES BELOW AND  SAY WHAT KIND OF ADVERBS THEY ARE.

a) She snuck in quietly 

b) Yesterday I bought  a new phone. 

c) She is always late  

d)  They will definitely win the game 

e) Susan is still in the shower. 

f) I strongly believe she took the money. 

 

 

Evaluation
  0-30 40-70 80-100
STUDENT UNDERSTANDING LITTLE TO NO UNDERSTANDING

MINIMAL 

HAVE A BIT OF UNDERSTANDING

OUTSANDING

UNDERSTANDS CONTENT

LANGUAGE STRUCTURE LITTLE TO NO

NEUTRAL 

CORRECT USE OF LANGUAGE STRUCTURE

OUTSTANDING USE

 

MEMORANDUM

2. DESCRIBE EACH NOUN

a) Countable- Countable nouns are nouns which can be counted, even if the number might be extraordinarily high (like counting all the people in the world). Countable nouns can be used with a/an, the, some, any, a few, and many.

b) uncountable NOUN- Uncountable nouns are nouns that come in a state or quantity which is impossible to count; liquids are uncountable, as are things that act like liquids (sand, air). They are always considered to be singular, and can be used with some, any, a little, and much.

 c) Common -  A common noun is the generic name of an item in a class or group and is not capitalized unless appearing at the beginning of a sentence or in a title.

d) proper nouns - proper noun is a specific name of a person, place, or thing, and is always capitalized.

e) Abstract nouns,-a noun denoting an idea, quality, or state rather than a concrete object

f) Possessive forms of nouns- are nouns which possess something; i.e., they have something. You can identify a possessive noun by the apostrophe; most nouns show the possessive with an apostrophe and an s.

g) Collective nouns and classifier- A collective noun denotes a group or collection of people or things.

 

3.GIVE AND EXAMPLE OF IT.

a)  chair/chairs

b) furniture

c) woman

d) Thandi

e) love, fear, respect, honesty

f)  Lesego’s desk, learners’ desks children’s toys

g)  a swarm of bees, a bar of soap

 

4. READ THE SENTENCES BELOW AND  SAY WHAT KIND OF ADVERBS THEY ARE.

a) She snuck in quietly - ADVERB OF MANNER

b) Yesterday I bought  a new phone. ADVERB OF TIME

c) She is always late  ADVERB OF FREQUENCY

d)  They will definitely win the game ADVERB OF PROBABILITY

e) Susan is still in the shower. ADVERB OF DURATION

f) I strongly believe she took the money. ADVERB OF DEGREE

Conclusion

Language conventions are different combinations of ways a writer manipulates language to show the audience something in a unique way. Control of spelling, grammar and punctuation are required by students in all curriculum areas for effective speaking, learning, reading and writing.

Knowing how to put words on paper and correctly is very important. By knowing your language structures you improve your vocabulary too. Words and sentences have parts that combine in patterns, exhibiting the grammar of the language. The shared aim is a general theory of human grammars, one that allows us to understand speakers' ability to use language and the rapid development of language in every normal child.

The benefits of language learning is that:

        your brain will grow. 

  • You will have better memory. 
  • You will have better listening skills. 
  • You will have higher verbal and non-verbal intelligence. 
  • Your attention span will improve. 
  • You will slow down cognitive declines
  • You will be better at multitasking. 
  • You will be more creative
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Teaching and learning through an additional language encourages understanding between cultures, improves students’ cognitive ability and prepares them for life beyond school.

If students’ language is sufficiently well developed and supported by the teacher, learning through an additional language can be cognitively stimulating. In contrast to many traditional language lessons, students are learning meaningful content through the language rather than simply learning the language itself. The language becomes a tool for critical thinking and communication and allows students access to authentic and relevant subject content and terminology.

Research suggests that the existence of more than one language in the brain leads to improved cognitive control. This has a positive effect on working memory, selective attention, processing information, and mental flexibility. Studies have demonstrated that bilingual children develop the ability to solve problems that contain conflicting or misleading clues at an earlier age than children who speak only one language.

The ability to use more than one language means we can communicate with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Knowledge of other languages encourages new ways of thinking and of perceiving the world. We live in an increasingly global world and language skills make travel easier, provide opportunities to study abroad, and improve career prospects.