Using Grammar in Daily Communication

A good foundation in grammar helps students master both the written and the spoken word. Seamless integration of grammar concepts through daily instruction, practice, and reinforcement helps students become competent and confident thinkers and communicators.

Choose meaningful ways to incorporate grammar concepts into daily lessons, including content-area instruction. During a social studies lesson, review verb tense. In a math lesson, have students practice using abbreviations for measurements. Encourage students to use descriptive, comparative, or superlative adjectives to describe art projects or examples of fine art.

Use age-appropriate, real-life examples to point out grammar concepts. Students are surrounded with print and electronic messages in advertisements, in the news, and on the Web that are often grammatically incorrect. Challenge students to identify errors and discuss how to use correct formal language. Remind students that good grammar skills will lead to success in the real world.

Voyages in English provides countless opportunities to integrate grammar into everyday speech and writing. Students with different learning styles and at different levels can develop and practice grammar skills by using features built into the program, which include an ample number of exercises in the student edition and Practice Book. Warm-Up activities encourage students to interact with concepts and reflect on what they have learned. In Grammar in Action and Grammar Connection activities, students practice grammar concepts in context. A section on diagramming and the Diagram It! features provide visual frames of reference for students and are helpful for visual and spatial learners. Using these features will allow you to develop your own activities that help integrate grammar into everyday speech and writing.