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TESOL Videos - Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - Grammar Translation
The purpose of grammar translation then is to basically translate between L1 and L2 and vice versa. So, we could take a simple example. Let's imagine that our native language was English and our target language was French and let's assume that we want to translate a document from French into English. Let's take a simple sentence. Here's a sentence in French "Ouvre la fenêtre" and we'll add "s'il vous plaît" at the end. What we want to do is to take this L2 and translate it back into English. Now, if we have a reasonable knowledge of French then we may well know that this particular verb "ouvre" "to open" translates directly and this female form of the and finally the fenêtre "Open the window" and this polite form of "please". This is all very well if the two structures that we're translating between the L1 and L2 have a common grammar, which French and English usually do. However, one problem that we do get with this particular classical method, is that if the grammar structures are not the same, then it's very difficult to translate between the two things.
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Unit 18 explains basic rules on how to use modal auxiliary verbs, relative clauses, the three types of phrasal verbs, and action/passive voices. The modal auxiliary verbs are used to express the following ideas: obligation, possibility, ability, advice, and permission or prohibition. Two charts are provided that show how each of the auxiliary verbs are broken down into their designed purposes and examples on how to use them are given in the present, future, and past forms. A few ideas given on how to teach and have students practice this grammar is by giving them role-play activities relevant to the topic, discussing rules different places may have, and deciphering the meanings of signs. When it comes to a relative clause, which is also known as an adjective clause, it is a type of dependent clause that modifies a noun. A relative clause identifies and describes a noun in greater detail. A relative pronoun may introduce a relative clause but that is not always the case. There are two types of relative clauses, which fall under the categories of defining and non-defining. In a defining relative clause the information provided is essential to the meaning of the sentence. For sentences in the non-defining relative clause form the information given is not essential to the meaning of the sentence. In this type commas are crucial because it is placed before the relative pronoun and