Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar

Annual Conference ~ July 25-26, 2003

 

English Language Resources on the Internet:

Sites for Sore Eyes

Sandra W. Smith, Penn State Hazleton

 

 

Elementary and Secondary English Language Resources

Beard, Carla. “Grammar.” 20 July 2003. Web English Teacher. 23 July 2003. http://www.webenglishteacher.com/grammar.html. (K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, videos, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities.)

“English Banana.” 10 July 2003. English Banana. 23 July 2003.

          http://www.englishbanana.com/index.html. (Traditional grammar and usage.)

 

**“English Grammars.” 2002. YourDictionary. 23 July 2003. http://www.yourdictionary.com/grammars1.html#english . (An excellent list of English grammar sites, and a good starting place for locating language resources. This site has materials for all levels.)

“The Gameroom.” 2002. YourDictionary. 23 July 2003. http://www.yourdictionary.com/fun.html. (This site is great fun and can be a primary resource for student activities at the elementary or secondary level. Many college students will like it too.)

“Grammar Blast.” English Grades 6 – 8. 2002. Eduplace. Houghton-Mifflin. 23 July 2003. . http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/6_8/quizzes/index.html.  (Games and quizzes)

“Grammar Glamour.” 13 July 2003. Gotha Middle School. 23 July 2003. http://library.thinkquest.org/2947/index.html.  (Middle school site about usage, punctuation, and parts of speech.)

 “Grammar Gorillas.” 2002. Family Education Network. 23 July 2003. http://www6.funbrain.com/grammar/. (Games for identifying traditional parts of speech.)

 

          (Lyrics and audio recordings of the 1973 cartoons about the parts of speech.)

 

Learning American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed English (SE).” 2003. Lesson Tutor. 23 July 2003. http://www.lessontutor.com/ASLgenhome.html. (Easy ASL and SE introduction.)

 

  “Plural Girls.” 2002 . Family Education Network. 23 July 2003.   http://www.funbrain.com/plurals/index.html . (Traditional approach to pluralization.)

Simmons, Robin L. “Grammar Bytes.” 23 July 2003.  http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm  (Traditional usage and punctuation exercises.)

 

Sites for Higher Education

*American Slang: US and Canadian Slang.” 2002. Surfing for Slang: the World's Cool Slang Link Bank NorskSprakservice. 23 July 2003. http://www.spraakservice.net/slangportal/american.htm  (Students love this site, which has links to dozens of slang sites. Beware; many sites are inappropriate for younger students. Several sites may be a bit raw for some college students – or professors, and some sites require passwords.)

 

Dillon, George L. “Dr. Syntax his Guide to Online Resources for Studying English Syntax, Words and Usage.” 8 January 2003. University of Washington. 23 July 2003.

http://faculty.washington.edu/dillon/GramResources/GramResources.html (Limited         number of links to tagging and parsing programs.)

 

English for Academic Purposes.” 31 July 2002. Eapornet. 23 July 2003. http://www.eapor.net/

(Good general information and links.)

 

I Love Languages.” 2003. 23 July 2003 http://www.ilovelanguages.com/index.php. (A guide to language-related Web sites, and formerly known as the Human Language Pages.)

 

Labov, William et al. The Telsur Project” The Linguistics Lab of The University of Pennsylvania. 23 July 2003. http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phono_atlas/home.html (A survey of linguistic changes in progress in North American English. It is the creator of the Atlas of North American English [ANAE], formerly, the Phonological Atlas of North America The site provides sophisticated maps and commentary on phonological variation in the United States.)

 

Miller, George A. et al. “WordNet: A Lexical Database for the English Language.” Cognitive Science Laboratory,  Princeton University. 23 July 2003 http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/~wn/  (A complex online lexical reference system whose design is inspired by current psycholinguistic theories of human lexical memory.)

 

Schneider, Karl-Michael. “Linguistics Database Links.” 20 July 2003. Department of General Linguistics, University of Passau.  23 July 2003.

 http://www.phil.uni-passau.de/linguistik/linguistik_urls/  (A huge linguistics database with 3730 links.)

 

 

Vaux, Bert and Scott Golden. “Dialect Survey.” Harvard University. 29 July 2003.

          http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~golder/dialect/  (This is the site that I forgot to include on the original list. Unfortunately, the data collection phase of the survey is complete, but the maps and results are very interesting, and a new survey should be available soon.)

 

Grammar Courses

 

 

Hoter, Elaine.“ English Through the Internet.” Talpiot College of Education. 23 July 2003. http://web.macam98.ac.il/~elaine/eti/welcome.htm.

            (Primarily ESL, but fascinating.)

 

**“The Internet Grammar of English.” 1998. University College of London. 23 July 2003. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/home.htm (A complete on-line English Grammar course written primarily for British university undergraduates. Easy to use. Some variation from American terminology.)

 

Kies, Daniel. “Modern English Grammar,” College of DuPage. 23 July 2003.  http://papyr.com/hypertextbooks/engl_126/book126.htm (An undergraduate course, but the site is hard to use.)

 

“Linguistics Online” 2003. 23 July 2003 http://www.linguistics-online.de/   (Virtual university courses in English sponsored by the universities of Marburg, Essen, and Wuppertal in Germany. Not free.)

General English Grammar and Usage

 

Brians, Paul. “Common Errors in English.” Washington State University. 23 July 2003.

             http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/index.html (Usage manual.)

 

*“Grammar.” Subject Center for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies  Learning and Teaching Support Network. 23 July 2003. http://www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/resources/resourcesbysub.aspx?subid=148 .

            (Many links to related sites and Linguistics sub-fields. Worth a visit.)

 

Vilmi, Ruth. “Grammar Help” 6 Sept. 2000 Helsinki University of Technology 23 July 2003. http://www.ruthvilmi.net/hut/help/grammar_help/. (Traditional English grammar, usage and ESL. Several dead links).

 

 

Commercial Sites or Sites with Downloading Fees

 

 

Crist, Sean and Tony Kroch. “Trees.”  2002. University of Pennsylvania. 23 July 2003. http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~kroch/Trees.html  (A downloadable program of animated  tree diagramming.)

 

“Easy Grammar Guide.” 2003, Exhort Press, 23 July 2003.

http://www.easygrammarguide.com/.  (Commercial site that includes a few free usage quizzes.)

 

“Grammar Lady.” 1999. GrammarLadyOnline. 23 July 2003. http://www.grammarlady.com/ (The site includes an on-line usage “hot line.” The Grammar Lady doesn’t compete with the Grammar Goddess, thank heavens.)

 

“Grammar Slammer.” 2002. English Plus+. 23 July 2003. http://englishplus.com/grammar/gsdeluxe.htm. (Traditional usage information and sales of a “grammar checker.”)

           

Hughes, Anthony. “Online English Grammar.” 2003. Edufind, Inc. 23 July 2003.    http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/index.cfm.  (A British site focusing on ESL and commercial software but also containing some useful free links.)

 

“Stufun.” 15 April 2002. Stufun Dot Com Pvt. Ltd. 23 July 2003.  http://www.stufun.com/index.php3  (Elementary and Middle School levels. Requires membership payment for some grammar exercises, homophones, and illustrated definitions.)

 

Organizations of Interest to Grammar Teachers

  American Association for Applied Linguistics - http://www.aaal.org/

American Association for the Advancement of Sciences - http://www.aaas.org

American Council of Learned Societies - http://www.acls.org

American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org/

American Name Society - http://www.wtsn.binghamton.edu/ANS/

American Psychological Association - http://www.apa.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - http://www.asha.org

*Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar  - http://www.ateg.org/

Center for Applied Linguistics - http://www.cal.org  

Center for Information on Language Teaching and Research - http://www.cilt.org.uk/

Dictionary Society of North America - http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/dsna/index.html

 

International Phonetic Association - http://www2.arts.gla.ac.uk/IPA/ipa.html

 

*Linguist List - http://www.linguistlist.org/  (“The world's largest online linguistic resource” and it really is. If you subscribe to the list serve, you’ll always have lots and lots of mail. Most is very specific and esoteric, but some is great for classroom use.)

 

*Linguistics Society of America - http://www.lsadc.org

Modern Language Association of America -http://www.mla.org

 

National Council for Languages and International Studies - http://www.languagepolicy.org

National Council of Teachers of English – http://www.ncte.org

 

National Humanities Alliance - http://www.nhalliance.org

Scholarly Societies Project - http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/society/webpages.html

                        (A British site and a good index of organizations.)

Society of Federal Linguists, Inc. - http://federal-linguists.org/

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - http://www.tesol.edu/