Instructions for grammar research 1

TESOL certificate/Marlboro/Fall 2012/Burkett


Grammar Research Assignment


The Research


  • You will choose a language point from those listed below and work with three of  your peers.
  • The main goal of your research is:

a)      to become familiar with the FORM, MEANING and USE of the language item

b)      to anticipate problems for students with the meaning, form, pronunciation, vocabulary, function and appropriacy of the language you are focusing on.

  • You will need to think through and suggest ways of addressing the problems you anticipate (and these might occur during the clarification and checking stage(s) in your lesson or they may be practice activities).
  • A secondary goal is for you to become comfortable and familiar with the range of grammar reference books in the library.  You need to consult three different sources for this task.


The Product


  • Your group will create some form of material to ‘teach’ from.
  • You will also prepare a handout (see my layout suggestion overleaf) for your peers.  One person from your group please send me an electronic copy.
  • Be sure that you acknowledge your sources.


The Presentation - Thursday November 15th


You will have 15 minutes to

  • present the form, meaning and use of  the language item (try to do this inductively) and state what problems your group anticipated and  please also share the suggestions you came up with for addressing the problems. 
  • Suggest an ESOL pracitve activity that you will lead your peers through experientially.

Following this there will 5 minutes for your peers to give you written feedback on what worked, what they would do differently and what they learned from your presentation.


The language points for Research 1 are:


  1. count/non-count nouns       (e.g.  a pie/bread)
  2. the present simple  (used to express habitual actions, timeless truths e.g. He hikes every vacation.)
  3. the present perfect simple (used to express experience in a time period up to the present – e.g., I’ve seen ‘Chinatown’ several times.)
  4. the simple past  (used to express action in the past, e.g. I attended a meeting alst week. )
  5. the past progressive ( used to express experience in progress at a sspecific point in time, e.g. He was driving to college when he heard the news.)



Suggested  Handout Format














USE (suggest contexts where this language point occurs naturally and give examples)