Grammar is the structural foundation of our ability to express ourselves. The more we are aware of how it works, the more we can monitor the meaning and effectiveness of the way we and others use language. It can help foster precision, detect ambiguity, and exploit the richness of expression available in English. And it can help everyone--not only teachers of English, but teachers of anything, for all teaching is ultimately a matter of getting to grips with meaning.
Grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk about language. Grammar names the types of words and word groups that make up sentences not only in English but in any language. As human beings, we can put sentences together even as children--we can all do grammar. 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 about grammar. And knowing about grammar offers a window into the human mind and into our amazingly complex mental capacity
Students learn how to identify a part of speech, phrase, or function within a sentence, to include the following: action verbs, nouns, pronouns, subjects of verbs, compound verbs and subjects, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, prepositional phrases, objects of prepositions, compound objects of prepositions, adjective prepositional phrases, question tags, adverbial prepositional phrases, Direct and Indirect Speech, prepositional phrases between subjects and verbs, adverbs modifying adjectives and other adverbs.
The series can be further described as follows:
- Instruction is system designed based on student performance goals
- Instruction is designed for self-paced, individualized, step-by-step learning
- Pretests and posttests are provided for each module with all work automatically graded
- Students receive immediate feedback of responses with scores
- Materials are formatted for easy access and use
- Students can login from school, home, or anywhere on the Internet
- Students learn concepts and experience the language at the same time