Taxonomy or list of English grammatical constructs?
April 26, 2011 12:33 PM Subscribe
Taxonomy (or just a list) of English grammatical constructs suitable for use as a checklist for a second language learner?
posted by amtho to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It seems like it would be easier for an ESL student to get motivated if he or she just had an overall picture of what needed to be accomplished to achieve reasonable (where "reasonable" would, of course, vary) proficiency.
Does a list of _grammar_ points exist? Of course grammar is intimately tied to vocabulary and culture, but I'm thinking of a rough tool of some sort to give some kind of sense of scope.
I realize I could start from ESL textbooks' tables of contents, or Larsen-Freeman's "The Grammar Book", or a writing handbook, but none seems a perfect fit; most grammar textbooks don't promise to be complete unto themselves -- do they? Even across multiple volumes?
Is there some kind of reference list, somewhere? A detailed phrase-structure rule set might not be what's needed here - that may be more detail than I want. I'd like a several-page list that I can look at, or maybe hand a confident advanced student, and say, "you're 50% accurate on all these items, 95% on these, and haven't even looked at these - so if we estimate X amount of time for this, this, and this, you'll be at this level of proficiency by this date" (realizing, of course, that time estimates for learning various things are a whole other ballgame, and that no grammatical point is independent).
I tried Googling [English grammar taxonomy] to non-success.