How to Learn English Grammar for Kids


How to Learn English Grammar for Kids thumbnail Studying grammar doesn’t have to be a headache. Learners of English as a second language may constantly get frustrated with the seemingly fickle rules of English grammar. “Why do we present progressive tense in this sentence?” they demand to know, and their teachers are forced to respond from textbook answers. Teaching grammar to adults is tricky. Thankfully, kids don’t care about the rules and often just want to use English to speak, read and play. As a teacher, you can take advantage of this and teach grammar to kids without them really knowing. Instructions

1). Read easy English stories to your students. As a general rule, kids should be able to understand 90 percent of a story in order to learn from context. Choose books that are easy enough to understand. In a true ESL classroom this can be difficult, so don’t feel silly when reading books that are at an absolutely beginner level. The basics of grammar are in there, and if the story is repeated and kids read along, some core concepts will sink in: subject and verb agreement, singular and plural nouns.

2). Correct mistakes. You don’t have to be mean about showing when someone’s made a mistake, and kids won’t be put off by being corrected — though they may be in a hurry to keep reading or to tell a story. If a child says something like the “the box are square,” be sure to repeat the sentence correctly before allowing them to continue. They need to hear the correct grammar in a friendly way. Sponsored Links Free English Grammar English Grammar w Video/Audio &Cert Completely Free -Start Course Now !

3).  Play a reading game. You can come up with a name for this, but “English Cop” is a fun title — as long as the kids understand what a “cop” is. Read from a familiar story or language arts book, making sure all the students can see a copy. Make tiny grammar mistakes in your reading and have the students jump out of their chairs (or raise their hands, if you’re into having a more orderly classroom) and shout “Mistake!” or “English cop!” when they catch you making an error. Change small things like plural and singular nouns with early students and have the first student who responds read the sentence correctly. Recognizing errors is a key part of understanding grammar on a deep level.

4). Use interactive games to rehearse rules, if necessary. Younger kids, especially, may not be interested in (or capable of) remembering parts of speech or the names of grammar rules, but there are quite a few grammar games for kids that can reinforce lessons. YourDictionary lists a dozen games that are appropriate for kids.


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