English Grammar 101

Often my students come to me after a writing class or after working with GED prep materials to ask me for extra practice on a particular aspect of grammar, usage and/or mechanics. I like to have quick resources on hand to refer them to.

Recently, I found a website that could be a good supplement to grammar instruction for advanced ESL and high intermediate to high adult secondary students. The site does not require login to access the free activities.

The site English Grammar 101 has 14 modules of free lessons available, and each lesson provides instant feedback to the user. Users can access lessons, activities, and a review for each of the following modules:

  • nouns
  • pronouns
  • verbs
  • sentence parts
  • modifiers
  • prepositions
  • conjunctions/interjections
  • verbals/phrases
  • clauses
  • capitalization
  • punctuation
  • troublesome words

Each lesson includes some instruction and then an activity. Use these lessons as review for a learner who has fairly decent knowledge of grammar, but for those needing more in-depth instruction, use the lessons as a supplement to other materials or instruction. A scope and sequence is included on the site that shows approximate learner levels where concepts are generally introduced, developing, and mastered.

Even greater access can be purchased fairly reasonably, and this level of access entitles a user to take the quizzes and pre- and post-tests for each module. Instructors can also create assignments and track progress with the purchased version.

Kristine Kelly, Literacy & ELA Coordinator ATLAS