Publication Date



"The Magnetic Sentence" is a classroom aid for teaching English as a second language. It consists of (1) a set of word-cards on which are written words, phrases, or morphemes; (2) a board for displaying these word cards; and (3) a teacher's manual.

The set is designed to show visually many common grammatical transformations by presenting them on a display board. This is done by placing the word-cards on the display board and rearranging, deleting, and adding to them to show the process involved in a transformation.

The following transformations and constructions can be shown with the set: affirmative statements, negative statements, yes-no questions, the passive voice, question-word questions, answers to question-word questions, position of adverbials, inderect speech, relative clauses, nouns used to modify nouns, two-word verbs, inderect objects, and "very", "enough", and "too."

The teacher's manual includes an explanation of the set, suggestions for using it, and instructions for constructing it.


First and Second Language Acquisition | Syntax | Teacher Education and Professional Development