Liya's Intro to Grammar - Reading and Writing Pilot
Next session on Dec 1, 2023
English Help Pilot ! and Liya D
Do you want to master the basics of grammar and improve your writing skills? If so, join me for a series of fun and interactive tutoring sessions that will cover the essential topics of grammar. You will learn how to use different parts of speech, construct sentences, and express yourself clearly and accurately. Each session will include an objective, content, and exercises to help you practice and reinforce your learning.
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November 13 - January 20
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About the Tutors
Hi everyone! This is the English Pilot Help account. Feel free to peruse the sessions, we have lots of different events for you!
"There are no elevators to success, you have to take the stairs." -By the ✨Internet✨ Hey there! My name is Liya and I'm a middle school student from Maryland who likes to paint, write (Working on a novel!!), read (Currently reading Show Me A Sign), and bake (I need more tips on how to make a pastry cream, last time . . .is was a mess) in my free time. I'm a member of the Schoolhouse Scholars Guild and the Welcoming Team. I am a student leader at my school district (Working with SMOB) and a major Potterhead ⚡ Super excited to be a part of Schoolhouse!
Session 4: Verbs (Action and Linking) Verbs are words that show actions or states of being. There are two main types of verbs: action and linking. Action verbs express what the subject does or did, such as run, jump, sing, or write. Linking verbs connect the subject to a word that describes or identifies it, such as be, seem, look, or become. In this session, you will learn how to differentiate between action and linking verbs and how to use them in sentences. You will also learn about different forms of verbs, such as base, past, present, and future. You will practice identifying and using action and linking verbs in sentences and see how they affect the expression and variety of language.
Session 5: Tenses (Present, Past, Future) Tenses are forms of verbs that indicate the time of an action or a state of being. There are three basic tenses in English: present, past, and future. The present tense shows what is happening now or in general. The past tense shows what happened before now. The future tense shows what will happen later. In this session, you will learn how to form and use the basic tenses in English. You will also learn about regular and irregular verbs, which have different rules for forming the past tense. You will practice forming sentences in different tenses and see how they affect the accuracy and relevance of language.
Session 6: Adjectives and Adverbs Adjectives and adverbs are words that modify or describe other words. Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns, such as big, small, red, or beautiful. Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs, such as quickly, slowly, very, or extremely. In this session, you will learn the definitions of adjectives and adverbs and how to use them in sentences. You will also learn about comparison forms, which show how two or more things are similar or different, such as bigger, smaller, more, or less. You will practice using adjectives and adverbs to describe objects or actions and see how they affect the detail and interest of language.
Session 7: Articles (a, an, the) Articles are words that precede nouns and indicate their specificity or quantity. There are three articles in English: a, an, and the. A and an are called indefinite articles, because they are used with nonspecific or general nouns, such as a book, an apple, or a dog. The is called a definite article, because it is used with specific or known nouns, such as the book, the apple, or the dog. In this session, you will learn the definitions of articles and how to use them correctly. You will also learn when to use a or an, depending on the sound of the following word. You will practice inserting the correct articles into sentences and see how they affect the clarity and precision of language.
Session 8: Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases Prepositions are words that show the relationship between a noun or a pronoun and another word in the sentence, such as in, on, under, over, or with. Prepositional phrases are groups of words that begin with a preposition and end with a noun or a pronoun, such as in the box, on the table, under the bridge, over the hill, or with my friend. In this session, you will learn the definitions of prepositions and prepositional phrases and how to use them in sentences. You will also learn about common prepositions and how to form prepositional phrases. You will practice constructing sentences using prepositions and prepositional phrases and see how they affect the meaning and complexity of language.
Session 9: Conjunctions (Coordinating and Subordinating) Conjunctions are words that connect words, phrases, or clauses in a sentence, such as and, but, or, because, or although. There are two main types of conjunctions: coordinating and subordinating. Coordinating conjunctions connect words, phrases, or clauses of equal importance, such as apples and oranges, big but fast, or I like it or I don’t. Subordinating conjunctions connect a main clause and a dependent clause, which is a group of words that cannot stand alone as a sentence, such as because I was hungry, although it was raining, or if you want to. In this session, you will learn the definitions of conjunctions and how to use them in sentences. You will also learn about different types of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and their usage. You will practice combining sentences using conjunctions and see how they affect the connection and flow of language.
Session 10: Direct and Indirect Objects Direct and indirect objects are words that receive the action of a verb in a sentence. The direct object is the person or thing that is directly affected by the action, such as the ball, the cake, or the book. The indirect object is the person or thing that is indirectly affected by the action, usually by receiving or benefiting from the direct object, such as me, him, or her. In this session, you will learn how to identify direct and indirect objects in sentences and how to place them correctly. You will also learn about different types of verbs that can have direct and indirect objects, such as transitive, intransitive, and ditransitive. You will practice identifying direct and indirect objects in sentences and see how they affect the completeness and structure of language.
Session 11: Active and Passive Voice Active and passive voice are ways of expressing the relationship between the subject and the verb in a sentence. In active voice, the subject performs the action of the verb, such as I wrote a letter, she sang a song, or they played a game. In passive voice, the subject receives the action of the verb, such as a letter was written by me, a song was sung by her, or a game was played by them. In this session, you will learn how to differentiate between active and passive voice and how to change between them. You will also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of using each voice and when to use them appropriately. You will practice converting sentences from active to passive voice and vice versa and see how they affect the emphasis and style of language.
Session 12: Subject-Verb Agreement Subject-verb agreement is the rule that the subject and the verb must agree in number and person in a sentence. For example, he runs, they run, I am, you are, etc. Subject-verb agreement is important for the correctness and consistency of language. In this session, you will learn the rules for subject-verb agreement and how to apply them. You will also learn how to deal with tricky subjects, such as collective nouns, indefinite pronouns, or subjects joined by conjunctions. You will practice correcting sentences with subject-verb agreement errors and see how they affect the accuracy and fluency of language.
Session 13: Articles and Noun Usage Articles and noun usage are related to the concept of countability, which is the ability of a noun to be counted or measured. Countable nouns are nouns that can be counted or have a plural form, such as book, books, apple, apples, or dog, dogs. Uncountable nouns are nouns that cannot be counted or have a singular form, such as water, milk, sugar, or music. Articles and noun usage depend on the countability of the noun. In this session, you will learn the guidelines for using articles with countable and uncountable nouns and how to understand countability. You will also learn about some exceptions and special cases, such as mass nouns, abstract nouns, or nouns that can be both countable and uncountable. You will practice inserting articles appropriately with different nouns and see how
Session 14: Conditional Sentences (Zero, First, and Second Conditional) Conditional sentences are sentences that express a condition and a result, such as if you study, you will pass the exam, or if it rains, I stay at home. There are different types of conditional sentences, depending on the likelihood or time of the condition and the result. In this session, you will learn how to form and use the zero, first, and second conditional sentences. The zero conditional shows a general or factual condition and result, such as if you heat water, it boils, or if you are allergic to cats, you sneeze. The first conditional shows a possible or realistic condition and result in the present or future, such as if you study, you will pass the exam, or if it rains, I will stay at home. The second conditional shows a hypothetical or unreal condition and result in the present or future, such as if I had a million dollars, I would travel the world, or if you were the president, what would you do? You will practice creating sentences in different conditional forms and see how they affect the meaning and mood of language.
Session 15: Reported Speech (Direct and Indirect Speech) Reported speech is the way of reporting what someone else has said. There are two ways of reporting speech: direct and indirect. Direct speech is when you quote the exact words of the speaker, using quotation marks, such as he said, “I am hungry,” or she asked, “Do you like pizza?” Indirect speech is when you paraphrase the words of the speaker, using your own words, without quotation marks, such as he said that he was hungry, or she asked if I liked pizza. In this session, you will learn how to report speech in both direct and indirect ways. You will also learn about the changes in pronouns and tenses that occur when you switch from direct to indirect speech, such as I to he, or present to past. You will practice converting direct speech into indirect speech and see how they affect the accuracy and perspective of language.
Session 16: Gerunds and Infinitives Gerunds and infinitives are two forms of verbs that can act as nouns in a sentence. Gerunds are verbs that end with -ing, such as swimming, reading, or cooking. Infinitives are verbs that are preceded by to, such as to swim, to read, or to cook. In this session, you will learn how to use gerunds and infinitives in sentences and when to choose each form. You will also learn about some verbs that can be followed by both gerunds and infinitives, but with different meanings, such as stop, remember, or try. You will practice filling in the blanks with gerunds or infinitives and see how they affect the function and meaning of language.
Session 17: Relative Clauses Relative clauses are clauses that modify or give extra information about a noun or a pronoun in a sentence. They are introduced by relative pronouns, such as who, which, that, or where. There are two types of relative clauses: defining and non-defining. Defining relative clauses specify or identify the noun or pronoun they modify, such as the book that I bought, the man who lives next door, or the place where I was born. Non-defining relative clauses add extra or optional information about the noun or pronoun they modify, and are usually separated by commas, such as the book, which is very interesting, the man, who is very kind, or the place, where I spent my childhood. In this session, you will learn how to create and use relative clauses in sentences. You will also learn about the differences and similarities between defining and non-defining relative clauses. You will practice creating sentences with relative clauses and see how they affect the detail and clarity of language.
Session 18: Phrasal Verbs Phrasal verbs are verbs that are combined with one or more words, usually prepositions or adverbs, to form a new expression with a different meaning, such as look up, break down, or get along. Phrasal verbs are very common and useful in English, as they can convey a variety of meanings and nuances. In this session, you will learn the definitions of phrasal verbs and how they change the meaning of verbs. You will also learn about some common and important phrasal verbs and their usage. You will practice using phrasal verbs in sentences and see how they affect the expression and variety of language.
Session 19: Modal Verbs (Can, Could, Will, Would, etc.) Modal verbs are verbs that express a certain mood, attitude, or possibility, such as can, could, will, would, may, might, must, should, or ought to. Modal verbs are used for various purposes, such as ability, permission, request, offer, suggestion, advice, obligation, or prediction. In this session, you will learn how to use modal verbs for different purposes and how to choose the appropriate modal verb for each situation. You will also learn about the functions and nuances of each modal verb and how they differ from each other. You will practice constructing sentences using modal verbs and see how they affect the meaning and tone of language.
Session 20: Review and Practice This is the final session of the course, where you will review and apply the grammar concepts you have learned throughout the course. You will have a comprehensive review of all the topics covered in the previous sessions, such as parts of speech, sentence structure, verb forms, modifiers, articles, prepositions, conjunctions, objects, voice, agreement, countability, conditionals, and reported speech. You will also have practice exercises covering a variety of grammar concepts, where you will demonstrate your understanding and mastery of grammar. This session will help you consolidate your learning and prepare you for further challenges and opportunities in language.