Colourful semantics is an approach created by Alison Bryan. It is aimed at helping children to develop their grammar, by linking the structure of a sentence (syntax) and its meaning (semantics).
What is Colourful Semantics?
Colourful semantics reassembles sentences by cutting them up into their thematic roles and then colour codes them.
The approach has 4 key colour coded stages to 'show' the structure of a sentence.
There are further stages for adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and negatives.
1. WHO - Orange
2. WHAT DOING - Yellow
3. WHAT - Green
4. WHERE - Blue
Why use Colourful Semantics?
There are a range of benefits to using this approach, including (but not limited to):
> Encouraging wider vocabulary;
> Making sentences longer;
> Helping children to answer questions or generate responses to questions;
> Developing use of nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives;
> Improving story telling skills;
> Can be transferred to written sentences and written language comprehension;
> Can be carried out individually or in small groups.