One-on-one and small group English grammar course in Hong Kong
How to learn and use grammar correctly
Have you been learning English for several years and your grammar is still often wrong especially when you talk?
Any method you use helps you understand the grammar rules but that is not enough. Speaking accurately requires programming your subconscious mind with the right syntaxes and words that you apply automatically when you speak.
Have you thought about why your writing is better than your speaking? When you write you have enough time to consciously think about what structures and words to use. In oral communication, however, everything comes fast and automatically in the way it had been tattooed in your mind. There is no time to think.
Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation improving method
The learning and teaching method I have developed and refined during the years increases the probability that you will use the correct words, syntax and pronunciation in your oral and written communication.
The exercise requires you to invest mental energy in your learning because you need to focus, understand and remember every details of the sentences. You need to learn and say them again and again until it is perfect.
You need to be patient and result oriented rather than fast and superficial. Slowing down and observing how the language is used is the key to understanding and remembering.
If your English grammar is poor, it is because you focus only on the meaning but not on the details when you read or listen.
In the lessons we slow down so that you have time to become aware of and understand the function of each word, the tense and prepositions they use, the word order etc. Sometimes you need to learn grammar rules: when and what to use e.g. verb tenses. Sometimes you need to remember things, for example the usage of prepositions.
Learning to speak correctly has two interconnected elements: observing how native English speakers use the language (pronunciation, grammar, words) and practising it with feedback from a teacher who corrects your mistakes and makes sure the right things get into your long term subconscious memory.
Watching movies, listening to music or audio programs, reading at normal speed will not improve your grammar if you focus on the meaning only but on not the details.
If you hear or read, "I work at a bank" and you do not spend time to observe and remember the preposition they used, after a few seconds you will have no idea if they used "in the bank,", "for a bank," or "at a bank."
Even if you read or hear the same structure hundreds of times during the years, if you do not make deliberate effort to remember it, you will probably not learn and use them correctly.
For example, the typical way to introduce someone is like "This is my friend, Thomas." Maybe you have heard introductions hundreds of times but you may say, "He is my friend, Thomas," because you may have never paid attention to the actual words, just the meaning.
There are lots of details you need to pay attention to. For example:
- The exact words the speaker used
- Which tense was used in the sentence
- Was the noun singular or plural, countable or uncountable?
- What was the word order?
- The accurate pronunciation of each word.
You will study a short English dialogue. After preparation you need to present the same conversation accurately.
A double feedback system "forces" you to do your presentation at high quality. First, you test yourself and find your mistakes. You need to learn, practice, and test yourself until you can make the presentation well.
When you are ready, I will test you. I will point out your pronunciation and grammar mistakes. You need to learn and practise until your presentation is similar to that of a native English speaker.