324. Subject: Re: Seeking Permission. I am a graduate student enrolled in the Master's Program in ESL/EFL at Tamkang University, Taiwan. I am writing to seek your permission for the use of the lesson design entitled, ‘Creating a Class Mural of Categories of Nouns—Prototypical and Non-Prototypical Nouns; Concrete, Mass or Non-Count Nouns and Abstract Nouns’ (Lesson Number 4). My thesis is to investigate the conceptual/cognitive perception of Count/Mass distinction on English common noun use/acquisition of Taiwanese College students. My teaching treatment is to incorporate images and image schemas along with nouns used in sentences respectively to two groups of subjects. A pre-test, an interim test, a post test, and a delayed post test designed to track students’ comprehension and production will be administered to gauge progress. However, few literatures I have studied addressed the pedagogical practices of using Count/Mass distinction in a structured environment, which draws my attention to this issue in my thesis. Your online lesson plan regarding 'Creating a Class Mural of Categories of Nouns' (Lesson Number 4) is a great sample to develop the teaching practice and to support the pedagogical dynamics in my treatment. I will claim credit for you as the original lesson planner in my published thesis if permission is granted. Should you have any questions about my design, I would be glad to submit an abstract for your reference. I sincerely appreciate your consideration of my proposal and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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