Presenting Grammar in English Lessons
Part of the TEFL For Dummies Cheat Sheet
When you teach English as a foreign language, you can show what the grammar actually looks like when, for example, you manipulate verb tenses in different ways. Here are some examples:
Positive: He had written it.
Negative: He had not written it.
Question: Had he written it?
Contraction: He’d written it.
Here are other useful points for presenting grammar:
Pronunciation: Consider any features that you need to highlight and drill.
Function: Demonstrate exactly when you use the grammar by putting it in context. Timelines help to represent this visually.
Examples: Use realia (examples from everyday life) or pictures as well as sentences to explain.
Concept check questions. Use questions to check that students understand what they are being taught.
Comparison with other grammar if necessary. Use examples from what the students have already learned to help clarify new ideas.