4. Grammar: Theory & Practice (ENGL 382)

English has always been one of my favorite topics to learn about in school, so when I noticed that an Honors version of English 382 was being offered, I immediately signed up. I was excited to take a deeper dive into grammar, a topic that a lot of people struggle with, and discover new ways to teach grammar to students so that they understand and enjoy learning about it. This course had only 6 students in it, including me, so although it was virtual, it was very personal and we were able to get a lot of one-on-one time with the professor. 

Because this course is one required for those looking to enter the teaching field, our final paper was focused on how we would teach specific grammatical concepts to our students, based on what we have learned in the course. And since I plan on becoming a high school Special Education teacher, I utilized my knowledge from my SPED classes and combined them with ideas from this course to come up with an activity to use with my students to aid them in learning grammatical concepts. 

This course reminded me how much I enjoyed English; because it is such a confusing language, it can be difficult for students to grasp concepts like grammar. However, by creating lessons that keep the students engaged in the activity and making it about something they are interested in, it can ensure success for upper-level English classes in the future, which is the ultimate goal as a teacher. Because of this course, I will ensure that I create grammar lessons that are engaging for my students, rather than just worksheets, so that they understand the concepts rather than just memorizing patterns in sentences. 

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