“the description of the ways in which words can change their forms and be combined to form sentences.“
For example, “I pie eated” is not grammatically correct, because the word “To eat” has not been formed ‘correctly’, and the order of the words is ‘incorrect’. The grammatically correct form is “I ate pie.”
Grammar has two aspects:
Morphology : the forms a word can take (how words change: eat/eats/ate/eaten or city/cities/city’s/cities’ or do/doable/done/undone/did/redo).
Did you know that the average person uses only 2000-5000 words on a daily basis? One of the most important tools I use as an English, ESL & Literacy teacher is a most frequently-used-words list.
It is possible to make countless vocabulary exercises & games from the crucial 2000 most frequently used words, and they are also the key words for learning the long and short vowels & spelling rules, for children grades 2-6, but also for adult English speakers that suffer from lower levels of literacy (80% of Canadians score 3 or lower out of 5 on the literacy scale, see here). Continue reading →
If you are learning a new language, the most useful and pleasant thing you can do for your study is READ!!! As an ESL teacher, I have noticed that my students who are regular readers, really advance more quickly than students who do not like reading. Therefore it is important to foster the skill of reading. Continue reading →
Talking with Your Child (Woman Alive 1974) by Mod as Hell on Flickr
When we are young, we learn the sounds of our language automatically from our parents, but when we learn a new language we need to pay special attention to the sounds. In most languages, including English, sound is made with two types of letters: 1) Consonants and 2) Vowels
The consonants are similar in many languages, but vowel sounds may be very different from language to language. Continue reading →