Do you know your auxiliary verbs from modal verbs, or your past perfect simple from past perfect continuous? Unless you’re a non-native speaker of English or have learnt another language yourself, chances are you’ve never really studied English grammar beyond the basics. You know what sounds right and wrong but you probably don’t have the terminology to explain why that is.
I studied both English Literature and Language at university, so before I started the grammar course I thought I had a fair idea of what I was doing – the grammar course is really just there to prove to employers your English is up to scratch, right? It didn’t take long to realise I had a lot to learn. “Turns out there’s a lot about my own language I don’t know,” one of the students I talked to on a recent classroom course put it.
As an EFL teacher you need to have a good understanding of how the language you’re teaching works so you’re able to correct students and answer those tricky grammar questions they’re sure to ask you.
This is why a grammar component is an essential part of any TEFL course. Unless you have a degree in linguistics or have extensively studied grammar already we wouldn’t recommend taking a TEFL course that doesn’t cover grammar!
Studying English Grammar
Our 30-hour grammar course is designed to equip TEFL students with a solid grounding in grammar rules and terminology. The course covers everything you can expect to come across as a first-time EFL teacher and you can work through it at your own pace. Help is always at hand from our online support and there’s a forum and an active Facebook group where you can discuss ideas with other students!
Learning about grammar can be tough at times and there are some areas you might struggle with more than others. It’s recommended you pick up a good grammar book to have by your side in the classroom that you can consult when needed and our tutors have recommended some great titles you can purchase from the TEFL shop.
Below are five great grammar websites for when you’re struggling to get your head around certain aspects of the course and would benefit from some extra study. These are also incredibly useful sites to share with your students, so make sure you bookmark them!
My personal go-to site for grammar help ever since I was in school. The look of the site might be a bit dated but everything’s explained clearly and their tips and tricks have helped things click for me countless times.
Grammarly is a fantastic writing tool and one of the most popular with 10 million users. Not only will Grammarly flag up when something’s wrong it will explain why, which means you’ll be learning as you use it.
Mignon Fogarty, otherwise known as Grammar Girl, has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as a grammar expert and her book “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing” was a New York Times bestseller. Her blog has been about for over a decade so you’ll find a trove of useful tips to help you master English grammar here.
These lessons are tailored towards English learners but their clear and simple approach is great EFL teachers in training. Make sure to check out Teaching English from the British Council as well, where you can find lesson plans and lots of helpful tools for professional development.
This site is full of great exercises and quizzes. You can browse everything by topic, so if you’re needing to brush up on prepositions, for example, you can easily find all the site’s content related to the topic in the one place.
It also has a great collection of downloadable grammar lessons, which you can print off and use with your students!
Do you have a favourite grammar website? Let us know!