How to Study ESL English Grammar


Learning English grammar can be a challenge, even for native English speakers. Although you can learn to speak English without studying the rules of the language, learning grammar can help you learn to speak English more efficiently and effectively. Knowing proper grammar can help you put words together in a sensible order that will help you communicate with others. Although traditional in-person classes are still offered, there are many other tools you can use to help you learn grammar. Investigate your options and choose the tool that fits your learning style.

  • Find adult education courses in English grammar and English as a second language near your home. These traditional classes will give you the opportunity to work with other students and receive immediate feedback from a qualified instructor.

  • Choose online resources if you need to fit your studying into your busy schedule. Look for websites that have interactive tutorials for English grammar that are for ESL or English as a Second Language students. Learning tools on these sites include audio courses, videos, explanations, samples, quizzes and games. Some sites also offer you the chance to chat with other ESL students to practice your language skills.

  • Use books and workbooks that include answer keys if you'd like to be able to keep your work to use as a resource in the future. After you've worked through a lesson, the answer keys will allow you to evaluate your own work and note the areas that you need to continue working on.

  • Purchase software designed to help you learn English. Common features of these programs include leveled practice for students of all abilities, progress tracking and learning paths to help you customize the program to the way you learn. Many programs allow you to practice speaking as well as reading. As of June 2011, the cost of these programs ranges from $45 to $210.

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