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ESL Appositive Exercises

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about the appositive can help ESL students develop their vocabularies as well as understand grammar on a more sophisticated level. These activities will help your students become appositive experts!

What Is the Appositive?

If you are an ESL teacher, you know how important it is to make sure your students are familiar with grammar and syntax. Teaching them about the appositive will now only develop your students' grammatical awareness, it might also even help them grow their vocabularies. An appositive is a noun that immediately follows another noun in a sentence, usually in the form of a subordinate clause, and renames or specifies the noun that precedes it. For instance, look at the following sentence:

The tree, a birch, is covered in snow.

In that sentence, 'birch' is the appositive. It refers directly to the tree but offers more detail in terms of specifically what tree the sentence is describing. Understanding the function of the word 'birch' will help ESL students make sense of such a sentence, and it might even help them learn what the word 'birch' means if that was previously unfamiliar. The exercises in this lesson will get your ESL students stronger in their understanding of the appositive.

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