Grammaring Along Using E-Resources

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Large scale corpus-based research has shown that dependent clauses—including that-clauses, WH-clauses, and conditional adverbial clauses—are characteristic of interpersonal spoken registers (Biber et al, 2011).  In fact, according to Biber et al., most of the lexical bundles in conversation are clausal whereas 60% of the lexical bundles in academic prose are phrasal. This finding indicates a pressing need for teaching clausal structures in speech.  In designing supplementary materials to teach the most frequently occurring clauses in speech, we turn to music, a universal language that can be instrumental in second language teaching and learning (Gardner, 1985). While most ESL textbooks on using music in teaching grammar typically focus on tenses (Merdinger & Rosenfeld, 1984) or culture (Hyman & Diefenbacher, 1992), our project focuses on teaching clausal structures in speech. By incorporating music into grammar instruction, we will demonstrate that learning grammar, including clausal structures, does not have to be boring, but fun and engaging. In this session, we will present the theoretical basis and criteria we used in compiling our collection of songs and demonstrate how to engage students in grammaring along using YouTube and online Karaoke while teaching the most frequently occurring clausal structures in popular songs.