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Enrichment Lesson Catalog

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Snap Language offers lessons in a variety of language- and linguistics related topics. Lessons are designed to help you improve your understanding of language and linguistics and improve your language skills in all areas of your personal and professional life.

Language and Linguistics

COURSE Misconceptions about linguistics clarifies common beliefs about what linguists and linguistics.

Etymology and surprising origin of words explains what etymology is. It also explores the influence of the reconstructed, theoretical language, Proto-Indo-European (PIE), in the formation of modern languages.

Read about contronyms, words that (oddly) are opposites of themselves. You can also watch the video about it.

5 reasons English is (supposedly) weird explores how pop linguists improperly analyze inconsistencies in English to conclude that it is “weird.”

Contronyms on video.

Sociolinguistics (and the basics of language attitudes): what sociolinguistics is and some of the language-related phenomena sociolinguists study. It includes a discussion of how language varieties trigger stereotyped perceptions and attitudes.

Accents and idiolects: There is more to what an “accent” is than just a way that people sound. Both accents and idiolects have social and cultural components with several implications.

Stereotyped perceptions of accented, grammatically non-standard speakers: Learn how listeners extract relevant social information from phonological, syntactical, and lexical speech cues in a process that triggers stereotyped perceptions of speakers.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Builder is a series of short, stunning videos on advanced vocabulary at C1-C2 level and GRE level.

Literally and figuratively: Formal and informal uses

Grammar and Style

List of grammar and style lessons

Advanced grammar lessons (Grammar and Style Tidbits) has lessons and videos on various topics related to grammar, usage, writing and academic style. Topics include subject-verb agreement, adjectives and adverbs, simple anc complex structures, and so on.

Grammar Series is a a 5-part series discussing topics ranging from what grammar is for a linguist and the historical perspective on standard grammar to the so-called feud between prescriptivists and descriptivists and what it’s like to learn grammar as a language learner.

Advanced Reading

The Snap Language channel on YouTube has a complete reading course on video. Start from the “Vocabulary in Reading” playlist and watch each video, which range in topics from understanding the paragraph to interpreting what you read and reading critically.

Advanced Writing

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Our articles (enrichment) explore topics in language learning, linguistics, enrichment, and more.

Our passages are for learners of English at different proficiency levels.

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Our live events and webinars cover topics ranging from linguistics and instruction to language learning, improvement, and enrichment.

Our events for language learners are designed to meet the needs of the ELL in mind.

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