4 Simple steps to help students learn and improve their English online
Here’s BELS recommendations on how best to do this
If you’re the type of person who’d rather learn English grammar online in the comfort of your pyjamas, here’s what you need to do:
1. Get familiar with terminologies and structures
The first step towards learning English grammar online is learning the parts of speech. There are eight word groups in English: Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections. Once you understand these, every grammar point you come across will become simpler to follow.
2. Study the tenses
You need to know your tenses. Get hold of a book that is graded to your level of English. You can find grammar books for beginners, elementary, intermediate, upper-intermediate or advanced level students. There are also a number of websites that you can use to learn English grammar online. At this stage, it’s necessary to learn the past tense and past participle verbs off by heart, as they are important to most grammar tenses.
3. Test yourself
Create flashcards, find games online and register to some online learning platforms like Doulingo, or the BELS E-learning platform which contains detailed grammar explanations. An entire section of the platform focuses grammar, using exercises that cover reading, listening, speaking and pronunciation skills. Since there is a lot to remember, repetition is important.
4. Skype Lessons
Language is a living thing – once you’ve learnt enough communicate you’ve got to start speaking! Skype lessons are a great way to practice speaking what the English grammar you learned online. A teacher will be there to correct your mistakes and guide you on your weak points.