NLA Stage 6

Stage 6 is not just more complex grammar. It is the complete grammar we wish for our students to have as they move into academic areas, and use the rest of their lives. Stage 6 includes a full grammar system characterized by multiple embedded clauses, which is an advanced version of the semantic relationships we introduced to our students back in early Stage 4.

Let’s take one example. Stage 4 grammar might allow us to say ‘That furry dog is cute.’ The relationships that we are communicating are about the dog + furriness and the dog + cuteness. At Stage 5, we could add the relationship between ourselves and the dog: ‘I think the dog that’s so furry is really cute.’ And when we take that sentence into Stage 6, we could say, “I think the furry dog I’m looking at right over there is what the judges would call ‘cute.’” So the language complexity and sophistication grows as the relationships grow. The nuances might be more than the situation calls for, but the grammatical possibilities allow shades of meaning that academic situations call for!

And there are certainly things that can be said at Stage 6 that cannot be said at Stage 4, so let’s examine at least one such utterance. “Whenever you water your garden on the same day that it rains you risk overwatering, but on the other hand, when you water on a day that it doesn’t rain, you are probably doing an incredible job for your plants which might dry up otherwise.” Also consider that embedded clauses allow you to present some information as less important than other information, without downplaying that information. For example, “Even if it seems unlikely that I will use higher level grammar very often, I can see that it might sometimes be useful for highlighting one thing, and downplaying other things.” We hope you’re mildly intrigued!

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