Starting from our own experience of teaching morphology (the noun phrase) to first-year students, we are going to identify and label the main challenges this grammar issue poses to both English majors and minors. These challenges have to do basically with “fuzzy concepts” and the interrelation of syntax and semantics. Our beyond-methods approach, based on empirical observation(s) and assumptions as a result of closely monitoring and evaluating the learning process, heavily relies on the “organic metaphor” according to which second language acquisition is more like growing a garden than building a wall.
Daniela Hăisan is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at Ştefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania. Her research interests include English morphology, terminology, cultural translation and discourse analysis. She has published widely on translation and morphosyntax.