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How do you teach grammar to children ages (4-7)

asked 2015-05-14 00:51:41 -0400

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Hi, I am taking my MA in ESL in the Philippines and I was wondering if your team could help me out with this concern. What possible tips or guidelines could you share with me in teaching English (grammar) to underprivileged children ages 4-7. These kids are not in school but are gathered/enticed to attend Sunday school where "reading" is somehow inserted during the session.

Thank you .

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answered 2015-05-14 04:43:39 -0400

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Dear Query Seeker on English Grammar

Nice to see your query on grammar teaching especially for the children in the age group of 4 to 7. Some of the tips suggested are: a) Never teach rules like parts of Speech, tense or so on. b) Use image and animation for teaching c) Teach through activity through listening and speaking d) Do not make them write or read in the beginning

If you want further details, you can contact me on [email protected] or leave message on FB account - COMMUWAY TRAINENT.

Hope, these suggestions might help you theoretically, but the end result is how you execute them in the real classroom environment.

Awaiting your response,

With regards


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answered 2015-05-17 00:10:54 -0400

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This is of course a very complicated question. It depends on many factors, e.g.:

  • What is the overall goal of the class? (to help them succeed in careers in the future?)
  • Are the students illiterate in their L1s?
  • What is most important for these children - reading. writing, speaking, or listening? Or a balance of all of these?
  • What is their L1s(s)?
  • What do the parents expect out of the class? What about the children/students themselves? And the church leaders who organize the Sunday School in the first place?

You don't need to respond with an answer to all these questions, but hopefully this will get you thinking through the right kinds of issues to help you arrive at a good solution for your situation.

Depending on the answers to the above questions, it's actually likely that it's actually not advisable to focus only on explicitly teaching grammar. Instead, it might be advisable to incorporate some more authentic communicative activities in the classroom, too.

Finally, if you do an Internet search for "ESL children" or the like, you can find many websites with teaching materials, lesson plans, etc. that you might find useful. Some that caught my eye were,,,, and Also, some general-purpose websites for (mostly adult) ESL have special sections for teaching children - e.g.,, and If you have any means of bringing technology into the classroom, some of these websites have games/activities that you could let the the children access and use themselves to practice.

I hope this helps!

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