We all know English is the language of all and basic skills in speaking and writing English is essential for anyone to succeed both in Academic and Professional Life. A well written or spoken message can convey the standards of our professionalism we posses and thereby increase credibility and trust in our interactions.
Yet, many of us, especially non-native speakers of English, including parents and children, do not practice enough to ensure our language proficiency.
We have often heard of usage such as “I can’t able to ….” even among professionals. Imagine such a usage in front of a client;Imagine your child picking up such a wrong usage of English from you.
The challenge, many claim though, is that we do not find enough material to learn from and practice with.
Here is a great online resource, EnglishForEveryone that you can use to help your child learn good English and for you too! And the good news it is all FREEEEEEEE.
The first step is learning any language is to read as much material in that language as possible. A Reading Comprehension exercise to read and then to answer questions based on what you read helps you find out how much of what you read, have you understood.
Then comes the writing exercise. Often people start writing with ideas they have in mind but they are either limited by their vocabulary or doubts on how to complete the message. So, a Sentence Completion exercise is a good way to begin learning more words and how to employ them in a sentence. Again the worksheets come in multiple levels based on the complexity appropriate for different age groups.
Some samples of Sentence Completion exercises:
- Low Beginner: Right now, She _________ on the phone.
- High Beginner: Kristi exchanged her _________ car for a new one of higher __________.
- Intermediate: Though we may not always agree with the politicians in power, living in a democracy is a ______. People in many parts of the world don’t have similar ______.
- Advanced: Today Dr. Lehr gave a(n) ______ lecture, on the philosophical doctrine of existentialism, to our freshman class. The topic was too esoteric, and should have been simplified for such a ______ audience.
Once you have gained reasonable level of vocabulary, the next big challenge is narrating the story or expressing the ideas with appropriate Verb Tenses as it relates to the time associated with the story or the message being conveyed. And the usage of the right form of the verb is essential to ensure the audience understand the context and relevance of the message or the story. The Verb Tenses worksheets include exercises for
- Simple Present: I play tennis every day.
- Simple Past: I played tennis every day.
- Simple Future: I will play tennis with you tomorrow.
- Present Continuous: I am playing tennis now.
- Past Continuous: I was playing tennis.
- Future Continuous: I will be playing tennis tomorrow.
- Present Perfect: I have played tennis in several different countries.
- Past Perfect: I had played tennis a little before I moved to the Unites States.
- Future Perfect: I will have played tennis for four hours if I play for another hour.
- Present Perfect Continuous: I have been playing tennis for ten years.
- Past Perfect Continuous: I had been playing tennis for three years before I moved to the United States.
- Future Perfect Continuous: I will have been playing tennis for over three hours by the time you arrive.
The next step after learning to write basic sentences with reasonable vocabulary, it is a good idea to improve the vocabulary with more words, specifically, words with similar meaning or opposite meanings to enhance your writing by replacing simple words with more appropriate and contextual words and to do that that the site offers Synonyms and Antonyms Worksheets. Again they come in with different levels of difficulties for different age groups: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Samples of words taught in these worksheets:
- Beginner: Hurt, Glance and Jog
- Intermediate: Peril, Valley and Traitor
- Advanced: Vicissitude, Ostracize, and Corroborate
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