Grammar is the hardest part of learning any language, especially when it is not stressed in the learner’s native language. Several people have told me, and I agree, that “I learned more about my own language by studying [insert language here]” I mostly hear this comment about Latin. (shocker!) The process of learning a new language is then lengthened by the lack of understanding grammar in general, which then causes a weak grammar tree to fold during the first storm.
The Growing Grammar Tree
Grammar is like a tree in several different branches of understanding. There are the roots that anchor the tree and a student’s understanding. The trunk that holds it all together, and the branches of structure that creates different fruits of construction.
Rooted in the Words
Just as a tree has specific terms to define what kind of tree it is so does the vocabulary of grammar. Different words make up the meaning and understanding of grammar, such as parsing a verb or the difference of conjugation versus declension. If a student does not know these terms, then understanding grammar will be hard to grasp. They will continuously have to dig up the roots, and the tree will never become as strong as an oak.
Trunk it All Together
The trunk is the rules of grammar. Without them, the branches would fly about and create chaos. That’s really all I have for the trunk. It’s really a place holder for the title.
Branching Off In Their Own Way
The branches are about the most important part to the tree. The branches are the different classifications of grammar: verb versus noun, the different moods and the numerous other grammar classifications that bring comprehension to the rooted words.
Fruits of Application
With the support of the roots, trunks and branches, the tree bears fruits and leaves of different grammatical constructions. These grammatical fruits and leaves will give greater understanding and nourishment to the overall language experience.
Stay tuned for more in depth explanations of each subcategory and ideas of implementing them into the classroom. At this point these are all theories and ideas that have not been put in place.