There has long been a great deal of discussion about how best to deal with grammar, spelling, punctuation and general language accuracy. There’s no doubt that it’s important to acknowledge that these things matter at all stages of language development, but can we make it fun too?
My DP Literature students enjoyed watching and discussing “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody, Word Crimes.
It made us all think a little more about common language errors we see and hear around us every day, and to reflect on why these mistakes are made. We also questioned the role social media plays in affecting (not effecting) our language accuracy.
If you haven’t come across it already, you might find grammarly.com useful. It suggests a number of interesting ways to deal with grammar in a classroom situation, whilst heightening student engagement with songs, games, visuals and infographics.