Pronunciation and Parallel Structure

In my latest YouTube lesson, I present parallel structure as an advanced grammar topic, and I mention the value of parallel structure in both academic and professional writing. However, it would be misleading to overlook how parallel structure plays a role in rhythm and intonation. A series of items, for example, breaks into small thought…

How-to Lists: Understanding and Using Parallel Structure

Certain instances of parallel structure are easy to understand. Compound subjects or objects, for example, are often the first types students put into use. A beginner can say, “Soup and pasta are my favorite foods.” or “I like TV and books.” Lists, either within a sentence or in bulleted form, tend to pose more challenges….

Categories and Commonality: Practice with parallel structure

Here’s a fun whole language activity for upper level students. Step 1 – Place students in small groups of 4 or 5. Give one handout to each group: Parallel Structure_activity handout Step 2 – Allow approximately 10 minutes for the groups to complete the statements on the handout. Tell them not to address the discussion…