Tag Archives: Expression

Activity: Expression and new information

A difficulty for all levels is recognising what is presented as new information within the clause. New information comes through stress in the Expression stratum and differs from the Theme – Rheme distinction of the clause. Here is a short activity … Continue reading

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‘Truthiness’ and Expression

There was an interesting article on Huffington Post by Chris Mooney, author of The Republican Brain, about the word ‘truthiness’ which was first used by Stephen Colbert on his The Word segment to describe the ‘quality of knowing something in … Continue reading

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Activity: I wish I could fly

Here is a quick and simple activity for Elementary or Junior High students that highlights the importance of stress for New information. It followed on from a lesson using “I wish…”. First, at the top of the whiteboard, write the … Continue reading

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The Alphabet Song

Here, in Japan, there are two versions of the Alphabet Song. There’s the familiar one: A-B-C-D-E-F-G–, H-I-J-K-LMNOP–, Q-R-S–,T-U-V–, W-X-Y- and Z–, Now I know my A,B,C, Won’t you come and sing with me? The version used in most Japanese schools, … Continue reading

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Activity: true/false 2

True/false activities are also useful for demonstrating the role of the Expression stratum in highlighting given and new information within a clause. Let’s take two examples: The boy is 11 years old. He rides his bike to school. In the first example, … Continue reading

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