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The Importance of Learning Grammar

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Grammar is an important aspect of a language where learners' and teachers’ opinions vary. Some students love to find out or learn the proper usage of grammar while some wanted to do grammar exercises. While some love grammar, others hate it and think that it is the most boring part of learning a new language. Whatever your stand is, you cannot escape from learning grammar; it is vital in every sentence you read or write, speak or hear. Grammar is simply the word for the rules that people follow when they use a language. We need those rules in the same way as we need the rules in any game.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate John William C. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.

The Power of Grammar

Learning proper grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to effectively talk about language. Grammar names the words and word groups that make up sentences not only in English but in almost any language. As humans, we can put sentences together even as children. But to be able to talk about how sentences are built, about the types of words and word groups that make up sentences—that is knowing grammar. With this, knowing about grammar opens a window into the human mind and into our amazingly complex mental capacity of knowing and learning a specific language. We always associate grammar with errors and correctness. But keep in mind, knowing about grammar also helps us understand what makes sentences and paragraphs clear and interesting, pleasant and precise.

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Grammar in Daily Life

In our everyday lives, grammar is everywhere. We use it at home, in school, at work, and in the streets. It is the core of a language regardless of one’s culture, mastery and understanding of it. Being able to use grammar also widens one’s vocabulary. It opens doors of opportunities for us to be able to communicate freely, with no barriers and hesitations.

In teaching, grammar plays a vital role in how effectively a teacher conveys his lessons. Knowing the highs and lows of the language could make or break a lesson. In one instance, a teacher could adjust the level of difficulty of words to be used if he is familiar with grammar. This could lead to a more enjoyable experience for both teachers and students. One more thing, being able to express yourself confidently as a teacher with the right grammar commands respect and positive outlook from your students. Mastering proper grammar could inspire your students to also strive harder in learning the language.

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But we all know that understanding grammar is no easy task. There are numerous things to consider and it will take a lot of hard work that could take years before someone masters grammar. I always suggest to practice what you preach, learn to speak and use the grammar properly for you to be very familiar with grammar. We always say that practice makes perfect and this applies to learn grammar. We should always practice using it correctly and one-day having perfect grammar will be innate to you.

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