The Language Instruction Working Group is currently (Spring 2018) exploring an idea for a online resource built collaborative by/for LACOL faculty and instructors that will guide language learners on foundational grammar concepts.
There is an emerging plan for collaboration toward Shared Grammar Resources for Beginning Language Students. This concept has been discussed with enthusiasm in some earlier LACOL meetings, and Carleton Professor of Classics Chico Zimmerman has drafted a proposal to articulate more of the vision – see link above and below.
Four small teams are actively collaborating across several schools on the following module topics:
- General Advice to Learners
- General advice to incoming students about language-learning at college.
- This includes some student voices on their learning experiences, but also could include some more general data/research findings on the benefits of L2 acquisition and the potential interferences of L1.
- Map of Language Learning
- An “overview” or map of the different domains that language takes in, including “grammar” broadly construed and its relevance
- Glossary of Grammar Terms
- A glossary of grammar terms with English examples; perhaps including sentence diagramming
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Phonetics/phonology module (perhaps with differing emphases depending on the target languages)
If this proposal interests you, you are invited to join the conversation.