Helping young learners notice grammar

Roisin O’Farrell explains how simple word ordering or sentence structure activities can help young learners focus on grammar.

Helping children understand the logic of grammar can be a daunting challenge for teachers and students alike. Using a routine of simple activities, to encourage young learners to notice and speculate about how grammar ‘works’ gives them the tools to assimilate and extend their English skills.

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Order the words

Children love puzzles, so simple word ordering activities are a great way to help them notice and assimilate the order of words in different grammatical structures. Order the words plays with words from a structure, in text boxes on an IWB or individual words written on card. Invite children to the board to order randomly placed words to create the target structure.

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