Exam Skills: 6 tips for improving your grammar

Good grammar makes good English

We all know that grammar is important - it helps you make sentences and this helps you to communicate your ideas. In order to improve your English you must improve your grammar. But how can you best do that?

Watch this video to find out six top tips to help you improve your grammar. Then test your understanding in our quiz.
Find out more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/english-you-need/unit-20/session-1

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Rob
We all know that grammar is important - it helps you make sentences and this helps you to communicate your ideas. In order to improve your English you must improve your grammar. But how can you best do that? Out top tips are here to help.

One approach is to learn grammar in the traditional way by studying the language in class or using grammar books or online grammar resources. In this way you break grammar down into small areas, studying rules carefully, practising them by completing grammar exercises, and finally using the new rules when communicating in English.

For some, this method is good for completing grammar tests, but not so good for improving their language when speaking or writing. So another approach is to use the language as frequently as possible. Surround yourself with English speakers – listen to them speak and then join in.

Sometimes you will find that you don't know how to say something. This gap in your knowledge gives you the perfect opportunity to identify new grammar you need to learn. You can then either ask someone for help or research it.

Once you find out the new way of saying something, make sure you practise as much as possible – otherwise, you will forget. This teacher agrees…

Teacher
My point of view is that first you have to learn as much as you can on grammar, and then you focus in other skills to brush up on your language. Practising all the time is the best way to succeed!

Rob
Some people learn grammar by reading and listening to something that they find interesting. But they don’t just listen and read for information, they look carefully at how sentences are structured. This helps them see new grammar rules that they can use themselves when speaking or writing in English.

Keep studying the basic blocks of grammar – be confident with the parts of speech and build on them and pay particular attention to tenses. Get your grammar right and you'll be well on your way to using the English language successfully. Good luck!
Posted by Lina Heng in Default Category on July 11 2019 at 09:30 AM  ·  Public

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