It is innate among humans to have the ability to learn languages for they are born with the “neurological capacity” to do so. To learn a language, infants spend a good portion of their first two years learning the structure of the language or languages they hear or spoken around them. This is a complex and marvelous process that every human goes through, and it is learning that takes place unconsciously; in other words, it does not require formal instruction to initially acquire the knowledge for a certain language. Apart from the innate ability to learn the language, the emergence of unconventional language patterns, like the slang, colloquial, and the “jejemon”to name a few, which do not conform to the rules of the proper English Grammar, also draws the incertitude of the necessity of the proper grammar.
Is it still essential and beneficial to study the English grammar given these language constraints of the modern era?
The most important prerequisite in explaining knowledge is language. The medium of instruction affects largely the degree of understanding of a particular subject. Since it is a common knowledge that English is the universal language, and most of the learning instructions in schools are written in English, it is very beneficial to have a working understanding of the language in order to be educated on varied fields of learning.
Grammar is important because it is the ticket that makes talking about a certain language permissible. 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 the process of knowing about grammar which offers a window into the human mind and into our amazingly complex mental capacity.
Eureka offers grammar enrichment programs that are proven effective by the students who already tried the said programs. In order to ensure the accuracy of instructions, the facilitators of the programs follow these principles:
a. Facilitating a Learner-Centered Type of Class Environment
The tutor provides lessons that the students can apply in real-world purposes. Vocabulary enhancement and mini-activities are done to engage the students in using the language with proper application of grammar and structure for meaningful communication.
b. Implementing a Standard-Based and Thematically Organized Curriculum
The lessons are derived from standard units that culminate the students’ development or engage their abilities in spontaneous, unrehearsed communication applicable in real-life and academic situations. The teacher inculcates grammar as a tool for communication, avoiding meaningless rote drills and ensuring that all practices require attention to meaning.
c. Adopting Age or Level Appropriate Materials
The tutors make sure that the materials used by the students are appropriate to their language proficiency and age level.
d. Conducting Performance-Based Assessment
The tutor conducts formative assessment of the student’s performance to be able to keep track of the student’s progress and adjust the programs to the current level of the student if needed.
Eureka promotes the active mode of learning. The tutors are equipped with the ability to encourage the students to verbally interact. Initially, the theories are discussed then used in verbal activities afterwards.
It is proven that an interactive type of discussion is more effective than a typical lecture type. This is the reason why Eureka employs the communicative type of learning in order to promote the habit of encouraging its students to use the English language that they know effectively and get their meaning across, even when the grammar is not perfect. By constant practice, the flaws in grammar that the students have will surely be properly addressed. Speaking activities are applied in order to give the students the chance to put their language used to practical applications whenever possible. Eureka agree that grammar is still and will always be the most important ingredient to an effective process of learning a language.
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