My Epic Video Review Of Grammar Hero: Pros And Cons
- Written byDonovan Nagel
- Read time1 mins
- Unique concept
- Focuses on grammar concepts that people tend to struggle with
- Good resource for literary skills
- Too grammar heavy in my opinion
Grammar Hero is basically a condensed version of the popular Short Stories books by Olly Richards, with simplified grammar explanations of the most problematic grammatical issues. It does a good job at explaining them but is still quite grammar heavy, despite claiming otherwise.
It would be a perfect resource for literary language learners.
No blog post today! 🙂
Today I have a video screencast instead where I review a series called Grammar Hero by Olly Richards (StoryLearning/I Will Teach You A Language).
I was particularly interested in looking at this series because I’ve often talked about grammar on this blog and the way most language education gets it so wrong. I have a mixed response to Olly’s approach as I outline in the video.
If you want to find out more about my approach to grammar, see here, here and here.
A few bullet points to summarize:
- Great concept overall
- Offers a condensed version of the Short Stories books with stories that focus on key target grammar
- Still too much explicit grammar instruction despite insisting otherwise
- Covers the topics that most learners struggle with
- Stories and audio are excellent as learning material
- Would potentially be a perfect course style for literary and classical languages that aren’t spoken (e.g. Koine Greek)
Find out more here.
Used Grammar Hero before?
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It is basically the Assimil-approach: Read story, repeat story, do exercises. Assimil is cheaper and maybe less interactive, but you’ll find it online or in thrift stores.
I like the approach but it’s quite expensive and seems to be no way to try it out or even see it in action, so won’t be buying.