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Grammar Hobbies

posted: 4.23.08 by Barclay Barrios

Ask students to translate principles of grammar into the idioms of their favorite hobbies.  For example, a verb is like a quarterback, propelling meaning.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Punctuation & Mechanics
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Babel Grammar

posted: 9.25.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students take a sentence from their drafts and translate it into another language using an online tool such as Babel Fish or Google’s Language Tools. Students might even choose to translate it several times (from English to French to German to Chinese); in the end, translate it back into English. The resulting sentence will be a mess. Have students use the handbook to determine where the mess happened and why (e.g., “The verb shifted in tense and number”).

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Grammar & Style, Teaching with Technology
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