That's it! You're all set!
You might be wondering, "Why did I just do that lesson? I don't know what I learned."
So let's recap:
- The word groups lessons are about grammar, but don't panic or roll your eyes. 😨
- Grammar is a powerful tool for analysing and editing your writing. 💪
- Looking at text through a grammar lens can give you insights and ideas you can use in your own writing.
- It also gives you a shared language you can use to discuss your writing with other people.
- You are probably an intuitive grammar master already; we're going to learn to talk explicitly about something you already do intuitively, which is going to feel weird.
- To do this we're going to use elements of functional grammar, which focuses on what we do with language, because we think it's very practical. 🛠️
- There are other types of grammar that you might already know or will meet when looking at references on the internet; there's no 'one right grammar', they're all just tools to explain how language works. 🇺🇳
- We're going to learn about four word groups—noun, verb, adjective, and adverb groups—plus what we call prepositional phrases. With these tools, you'll be able to explain most of what happens inside any simple sentence.
- You don't have to memorise every detail in these lessons, but we do want you to learn the function of different word groups, where they tend to appear, how to recognise their boundaries, and what components they are made from.
- We strongly suggest that at the end of each lesson you write your own set of notes, in your own words, with your own examples. This will help you consolidate what can otherwise be quite confusing information. 📗 🧠
And the most important message of all: relax and try to enjoy learning these concepts about language. You'll acquire a set of tools that will let you break down and examine any piece of text you're interested in, and will make you a better writer. 😊 💪
So that's it from us for now. See you in the word groups lessons! 👋