All through my teaching career, there is only one subject in English I noticed that most ESL/EFL learners tried to avoid – Grammar. They say things like: “Grammar is difficult.”; “Grammar is a boring topic.”; Grammar is not that necessary to ingiltere dil okulları study.”; “Grammar rules are so confusing.”; et cetera. But the truth is that the study of Grammar Usage is very much important for a person attempting to learn or hone his skills in English communication.
Many believe that the rules on grammar are needed only for formal writing purposes and so tend to disregard these rules when communicating through speaking. We must remember that what make up a language are words, and words are what we use in speech. Therefore, words are parts of speech. Now, did it ring a bell? What first thing comes into your mind when you hear the words “Parts of Speech”? Grammar, isn’t it? Obviously, to learn how to have a good command of English, one has got to know the different parts of speech since they are the fundamental units of English and directly connected to Grammar. By becoming familiar with the different parts of speech, it is easier to determine what word must be used and what must not be used.
Now that we already know the importance of studying Grammar, our next concern is how to wipe out the idea that Grammar is difficult to study. One reason why they are saying that English Grammar is difficult is because of the many rules that they need to memorize aside from the fact that there are also many exceptions to these rules. Granted that it is difficult; now, how can you make it easier. Here are some of my suggestions:
Remember to write in a list and not in a paragraph form. Do not add so many details as that would surely defer your reading. Itemized concisely in your notebook the rules that must be remembered. Organizing your notebook in this manner will make it easier for you to locate one rule over the other, especially when you are in a hurry. Just make sure that you classify and label each section accordingly and appropriately. Do not mix them up. The Don’t Rules must go with the don’ts and the Do’s Rules must go with the do’s. Or you may list rules for verbs only in one section and for subject and verb agreement in another section. Whichever is more convenient for you.
I also suggest you make a list of confusing words and their differences, and a list of common mistakes in grammar usage separately. Make your notebook a compilation of the rules on grammar you are trying to remember. Let us perhaps name your notebook “My Grammar Organizer”.
Learn to distinguish the functions of each and every words used in a sentence. Practice identifying the noun, pronoun, verb, et cetera. Always start by picking out the verb first and then the subject. Using this technique will help you easily recognize the functions of the rest of the words in the sentence. Knowing the functions of every word and seeing where they often times are placed in a sentence would develop in you fluency without you actually realizing that, not only in speaking, much as well in writing. As you become more curious with sentence construction, the faster you will learn. I am not saying that you go deeper in studying the parts of speech; having the ability to name the kinds of words is enough.