How to Teach English Grammar

Insight’s methods feature fresh perspectives.  Using the same old approaches is often the way to go, but they don’t work every time, and not with every student.  Whenever you need to try a new approach in order to reach every student, you don’t need to develop alternate methods on your own; take advantage of the methods in these videos!

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They are condensed for the sake of demonstrating methods to teachers, but students need more information and interaction. Insider Access helps with that.

Students learn best through teachers.

While they can benefit from viewing the videos directly, students learn most effectively through teachers who know the material well and can connect with their learners.

Videos don't replace your curriculum.

Continue using whatever syllabus and books you already have in place; Insight's videos and other resources simply help you explain grammar topics more easily.

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What you get out of them

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What you get out of them is for your students.

Adapting the Videos for Teaching

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Watch

Watch a video yourself to learn our method for a given grammar topic.

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Access (optional)

Open the corresponding slideshow so that you can bring the visuals of the video into your classroom.

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Integrate

Consider how you'd apply your own teaching style in conjunction with the Insights method.

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Plan

Think about moments along the way when you can do comprehension checks with your students.

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Download (optional)

Download one or two printouts for that topic for you to share with your students.

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Prepare

Arrange some practice material you can squeeze between the content, along with some activity that follows.

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Present

Present the lesson to your class, going at a slower pace appropriate for your students' level and making room for questions along the way.

Grammar Series

Fundamentals

Much of what even advanced students learn is built on basic concepts, so here are some tricks to help your students get those concepts right from the very start.

Passive Forms

Passive words, phrases, and sentences are used when the focus is on the result of an action instead of the action itself or its cause.

Question Forms

Interrogative structure is a bit different from declarative structure. Furthermore, there are quite a few ways to ask a question. Let's explore them.

Tenses

Tenses are used to express when verbs took place in relation to other verbs or time periods. Explore not only the individual tenses, but their common aspects.

Helping Verbs

It turns out auxiliary verbs are the key to several different sentence configurations. Understanding how they work grants us mastery of the English language.
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Verbals

The meaning of an INFINITIVE, GERUND, or PARTICIPLE is based on its verb form, but as a verbal it takes the role of a different part of speech.

Indirect Speech

Instead of direct speech, we often use more round-about ways of communicating. The results might be easier to fit into the flow of the context, or it might be more polite.

Unreal Mood

We use the Unreal Mood to talk about things that are uncertain or outright impossible. Hypothetical situations, like with many conditionals, are unreal.

Modifier Clauses

Embedded RELATIVE CLAUSES and ADVERBIAL CLAUSES fill a particular role (like that of an adjective or adverb) within main clauses to create complex sentences.

Noun Phrases

Noun Phrases include determiners, adjectives, nouns, and/or pronouns. These phrases can be a single word, a clause, or anything between.
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Complex Sentences

Using complex sentences is a mark of fluency; we use them to improve the flow of speech/writing and to fit related information together into a single sentence.
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Complex Sentences is largely a combination of the Modifier Clauses series and relevant topics from Indirect Speech and Unreal Mood.

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Focus on Structure & Usage

Most of our methods are all about either sentence structure or usage. We touch on forms of individual words less often, and we hardly ever address infection or pronunciation. All five of these are important, but form and pronunciation tend to be more straightforward, so we let teachers decide for themselves how to present those. We dedicate our resources to the trickier stuff.

American English

We mostly use American English, although most ESOL books primarily use British English.  We do this because our founder and lead content creator is American, so it’s what comes natural to him.  Just think of this as an excuse to teach your students some of the differences between British English and American English.

Working in Phrases

Most of the time when we say ‘noun’, we actually mean ‘noun phrase’, which typically includes determiners (like articles, possessives, and quantifiers) and sometimes adjectives.  We often do the same with verb strings; auxiliary verbs, ‘not’, and sometimes adverbs are included when we say ‘verb’.

Within the framework of a sentence, combining all those individual words into one block is generally helpful, as they act together to serve a single purpose.

Colored Text

Our videos feature selective colored text.  Colors stand out and help students know what to pay attention to.  We’re rather consistent with our color choices so that students learn to expect certain things from certain colors.  We recommend using this same technique yourself.  Read our article to learn more.

Beyond the Videos

Series & Topic Overviews

all you need to know about a series and how its topics relate to one another, as well as what to expect for each individual video

Proficiency Levels

the appropriate language level your students should be at for each topic

Prerequisites

the related topics, terms, and other ideas your students should be familiar with before diving into a given topic

Related Tips

teaching techniques, tools, and other tips that may be particularly helpful for each topic

Practice Activities

Short end-of-lesson activities so that students can engage in free practice for each topic

Recommended Projects

one or two projects in which students get to incorporate the topic into English production in a fun an creative way

Bonus Notes

each topic's collection of exceptions, extensions, alternatives, examples, and other details that couldn't be fit into the video

Printouts

visual representations or easy reminders of the topics that can be handed out to students or placed as posters on the classroom walls

Slideshows

the visuals from Insights's videos at your fingertips, so you can control the pace and explain it your own way

Glossary

the definitions of various terms that Insights uses to explain topics and methods

Ancillary Topics

additional topics for each series, some of which may shed more light on how the core topics of that series work or fit together

Appendicies

the details of tertiary grammar points that feed into the core topics (e.g. Helping Verbs, Past Participle, Subordinating Conjunctions, etc.)

Series & Topic Overviews

all you need to know about a series and how its topics relate to one another, as well as what to expect for each individual video

Proficiency Levels

the appropriate language level your students should be at for each topic

Prerequisites

the related topics, terms, and other ideas your students should be familiar with before diving into a given topic

Bonus Notes

each topic's collection of exceptions, extensions, alternatives, examples, and other details that couldn't be fit into the video

Printouts

visual representations or easy reminders of the topics that can be handed out to students or placed as posters on the classroom walls

Slideshows

the visuals from Insights's videos at your fingertips, so you can control the pace and explain it your own way

Related Tips

teaching techniques, tools, and other tips that may be particularly helpful for each topic

Practice Activities

Short end-of-lesson activities so that students can engage in free practice for each topic

Recommended Projects

one or two projects in which students get to incorporate the topic into English production in a fun an creative way

Glossary

the definitions of various terms that Insights uses to explain topics and methods

Ancillary Topics

additional topics for each series, some of which may shed more light on how the core topics of that series work or fit together

Appendicies

the details of tertiary grammar points that feed into the core topics (e.g. Helping Verbs, Past Participle, Subordinating Conjunctions, etc.)

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