Ideally you have already taken our short course which provided many opportunities to practise speaking and writing using accurate and natural English syntax, but hopefully you will also be motivated to extend and develop your independent and personal learning strategies. To help you to do this, we have put together some simple tips you might like to try and some resources you may find useful, too.
Whatever you are trying to learn, it’s useful to: (i) find good models to base your own language on
(ii) repeatedly practise producing your own original language
(iii) get feedback on the language you produce
Here are some suggestions about how you can ensure that you are constantly working on your sentence construction:
There are no specifically relevant books on English sentence structure (more correctly known as ‘syntax’) but you will find a standard grammar book very useful, such as:
The book below*, although not in the library, is widely available and an excellent resource for anyone who is serious about consolidating and extending their ability to use increasingly complex grammar to communicate academic ideas:
*English for Academic Study: Grammar for Writing, by Anne Vicary, published by Garnet Education
(*Please ask if you would like to see a tutor’s personal copy before buying)
As with all resources, you need to make sure that they are reliable and trustworthy. To a certain extent, it’s a question of what works for you and you may well have your own favourites (and please share these!) but here are a couple of good ones to start with.
For those of you who prefer the audio-visual approach, this is a clear guide to English sentence structure. Click here to watch
If you find this useful, why not watch other videos in the same series?
As it says, this is a bank of resources so provides links to a huge number of relevant sites dealing with all aspects of English language learning, not just sentence structure/grammar.