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The Best Way to Learn Grammar for All Grades

It can be challenging to learn English as a foreign language. You will find that all the effort and time you put into learning the language will be worthwhile once you have the hang of it. Traveling will also be more enjoyable when you speak English fluently. To enjoy the latest best-selling books or Hollywood movies, you do not have to wait for them to be translated. Listed below are some tips about how to effectively learn English to help you in this pursuit.

  1. Choose phrases over words when studying

You should not learn individual words when studying English, or any other language for that matter, because it makes no sense to learn them apart from their context. It is better to memorize entire sentences. Knowing what words mean and how they are used in sentences makes it much easier to memorize their meanings.

  1. Pay attention to what others say

The reading of textbooks can be helpful in learning the English language, but they should not be your only method. When it comes to knowing about grammar and vocabulary, textbooks are beneficial, but they will not help you much when it comes to carrying on a conversation. Learning English is best achieved by listening to it, not by reading it. Moreover, you will be able to pick up useful vocabulary and grammar without even realizing that you are doing so.

  1. Prepare for a placement test

The type of program you should follow depends on how proficient you are in English. Knowing your current level is crucial before you begin any learning plan.

Consider, for example, comprehensive English programs for intermediate learners, and customized learning plans for higher-level learners.

  1. Make quality a priority over quantity

Quality is more significant than quantity when learning a language. It is better to learn just one new word and repeat it dozens of times than to learn dozens of new words in a short period. This keeps you from being overwhelmed by too much information. By using this strategy, you also enable your brain to store the meaning of words and phrases for a longer period. You will therefore be less likely to forget them.

  1. Learn grammar by telling stories from different perspectives

You can learn grammar better by listening to short stories in tenses different from your own. The easiest way for you to improve your English grammar is by listening to stories in tenses other than your own. An example would be if a story starts with “I dislike bananas but I want to eat one,” and the follow-up story would be “I hate bananas but I want to eat one.”

  1. Do not listen and repeat, but listen and respond

The English textbook strategy of “repeating after the speaker” is not a very effective way to improve your English. If you answer questions rather than repeating the words or phrases of the speaker, you will be seen as more intelligent. Take a minute every 20 to 30 seconds to summarize what has just been said if you are listening to a podcast or video.

 

  1. Enroll in an online course

On the internet, you can find many online courses. Just type training providers in to Google, and you will find a list. The downside is that you could end up paying quite a bit for your Skype lessons if you depend entirely on them.

You can reduce the cost of your classes by supplementing them with self-study English programs online. Utilizing the online program to supplement your ongoing classes can save you over 50% of your tuition costs.

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Do you need help choosing which grammar skills to teach your Kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students?

Let us take care of you! As part of this post on grammar skills by grade level, we list out skills to teach in each grade level, K-2!

This list was compiled from what? It complies with Common Core Standards, but also with what we have personally found to be useful and effective for each grade level.

Your curriculum and standards – along with what you see that your kids need – will ultimately determine what you teach your students. Every school and class differs greatly in terms of teaching.

In conclusion, we hope that the following lists serve as helpful starting points, but anticipate some tweaks and modifications will need to be made.

Let’s jump right in!

Writing conventions, grammar, and language arts skills are included on each list. (Knowledge about words and concepts that are important to spelling instruction, like homophones, are not included.)


English for Kindergarten: Grammar & Language Skills

  • How to Put spaces Between Words
  • Using a left-to-right, top-to-bottom writing style
  • Identify the term “sentence” and the term “word” by name (refer to them by name)
  • Write the period, the question mark, and the exclamation point by name (refer to them by name)
  • Place a period at the end of each sentence.
  • To end sentences with exclamation points or question marks, use quotation marks.
  • Ensure that the first word in a sentence is capitalized.
  • Ensure that the pronoun “I” is capitalized.
  • The names of recognized people (e.g., names of friends) should all be capitalized.
  • Ensure that all your sentences are complete.
  • If needed, use help with the sentence structure.
  • Learn to ask questions (who, what, where, when, why, how) and use them effectively, in writing and orally
  • In writing and speaking, use common nouns to describe people, places, and things
  • Give details orally by using describing words (adjectives, but we will not require kids to know what an adjective means).
  • Using specific action words is a good idea – orally (verbs, but it is not required that kids know the word “verbs,” though we may use it ourselves)
  • Use simple pronouns correctly – either verbally or in writing.
  • Use common prepositions and demonstrate understanding – orally
  • Nouns with -s or -es – orally (and possibly in writing, but they may not be spelled properly, especially the -es ending)
  • With prompting, kids should produce statements, questions, and exclamations (we will not ask them to identify these by name)
  • Orally and with prompting, extend simple sentences by adding more details
  • Use present and past tense verbs correctly in oral and written communication– discuss the differences and use them correctly

 

For First Graders: Grammar & Language Skills

  • How to Put spaces Between Words
  • Using a left-to-right, top-to-bottom writing style
  • Identify the term “sentence” and the term “word” by name (refer to them by name)
  • Write the period, the question mark, and the exclamation point by name (refer to them by name)
  • Place a period at the end of each sentence.
  • Dates should be written with commas
  • Separate list items or series of items with commas
  • Make the first word of a sentence capital
  • Letters in the date should be capitalized
  • The names of people should also be capitalized
  • Prepare the abbreviations Mr., Ms., and Mrs. – in writing, with supporting documentation
  • Ensure completeness by using full sentences
  • Knowing the terms “subject” and “predicate” allows you to identify the subject and predicate of a sentence.
  • Compose complete sentences with subject and predicate names.
  • Understanding and using questions words (who, what, where, when, why, how) – both orally and in writing
  • Common nouns should be used both orally and in writing to name people, places, things, and ideas
  • Nouns (using the term “noun”) should be identified correctly
  • Proper nouns must be used to name people, places, and things – orally (although they may not always be capitalized correctly in writing)
  • You are to use possessive nouns (e.g., “the book of the girl”) – orally (you may also try it on paper, but only with correct spelling and punctuation).
  • Pronouns should be pronounced and written correctly
  • You should use the personal pronoun (“I”), the possessive pronoun (“ours”), and the indefinite pronoun (“someone”) accurately both orally and in writing
  • The term “verb” should be used correctly to identify action verbs
  • Simple sentences must be written and spoken with correct subject-verb agreement
  • Learn how the past-tense, the present-tense, and the future-tense forms differ in meaning
  • Using verb tenses correctly – orally and in writing – includes past, present, and future tenses
  • Verbs that are irregular past tense should be discussed and used orally and in writing
  • Acknowledge adjectives that are incorrect (using “adjective” correctly).
  • In your writing and oral descriptions, use adjectives to give details and information to the reader.
  • When writing and speaking, use conjunctions such as “and” and “but”
  • Combining 2 simple sentences into a complex sentence can be done with the support
  • Expansion of sentences can be done by writing and speaking more about simple sentences
  • Ensure that “a” and “the” are spelled correctly – both verbally and in writing
  • If you are using “that” and “those” orally, ensure that you use them correctly
  • Show that you understand common prepositions
  • Use them effectively — both verbally and in writing
  • You should be able to provide statements, questions, exclamations, and commands – orally and in writing (you may not know the names of these sentence types, but you use them the same way teachers do).
  • Simple contractions – orally explain their meaning
  • The different ways in which language is used in different contexts (for example, the difference between formal and informal English)

 

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