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Intermediate Cozy Grammar CourseThe Intermediate Cozy Grammar Course:
Levels 1 and 2
2004
Produced by Splashes from the River Multimedia Entertainment Inc.
Directed by David Mielke
Distributed by Splashes From The River Multimedia Entertainment Inc.
DVD, color, 5 hrs. 31 mn.

Reviewed by Dawn Eckenrode,
Reference and Instruction Librarian,
Daniel A. Reed Library,
State University of New York College at Fredonia

Rating: Recommended with reservations
Audience Level: Jr. High - Adult
Subject(s): Education
Date Entered: 4/20/2005

The Intermediate Cozy Grammar Course is designed to teach more advanced principles of grammar in a relaxed and soothing manner, and is a continuation of The Basic Cozy Grammar Course. Structured in two levels, Level One focuses on the inflection and classification of nouns, pronouns and verbs and contains 31 lessons that can be viewed individually or in a sequence. Level Two tackles verbs, participles, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, phrases, clauses and diagramming and is divided into 26 lessons. Each level contains a two DVD set, workbook, lesson outlines, exercises, tests and an answer key.

Marie Rackham, a retired English teacher, presents each of the lessons from her “cozy” cottage on the shore of the Campbell River in Canada, and she attempts to tie each segment to a day-to-day activity in her life, such as chopping wood, fixing a clock, or drinking tea. In each lesson Ms. Rackman describes a part of speech and then provides an example of its usage. While she is speaking, the concepts are displayed as text on the screen. Soothing music and nature sounds are used to enhance the “cozy” environment. While the content of this intermediate course is geared towards grades 8 and up, teenagers may find the “cozy” teaching approach juvenile and out of touch with their interests. Since every lesson is presented in a repetitive format - a description, followed by an example, followed by directions to complete an exercise in the workbook - students may become disengaged and find it difficult to pay attention to the content. The program would benefit from some interactivity, such as exercises that can be controlled via remote control, or even something as basic as Ms. Rackham interjecting questions directed at the student. While this video series may work well in conjunction with other teaching methods or as supplementary material in the classroom, it is not recommended as a stand-alone teaching tool. Recommended with reservations.

See also The Basic Cozy Grammar Course review.

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