The importance of grammar in IELTS and how to learn it
Grammar is key to both the speaking and the writing papers as it is 25% of your marks in each paper. This means that you should spend plenty of time working on your grammar skills.
Good IELTS grammar is not just about not making mistakes – it also about using a wide range of different structures. To understand this idea you should check this key lesson:
Think about meaning too
If you want to use better grammar it’s important to know how to use it and not just how to make it. These lessons show you how this can be done:
Know what your problems are and learn to correct them
This is key. Everyone has their own mistakes. The smart thing to do is to focus your learning on the type of mistakes you make most. This lesson gives you some ideas of the type of mistakes to look for in writing.
Error correction and other exercises
These exercises focus on one or two aspects of IELTS grammar. The idea is that it helps to focus on particular mistakes. You’ll find other exercises in my grammar lessons listed below.
Cause and effect language
- Cause and effect language – 3 exercises and useful word lists
- Exercises in varying reason and because
- 10 exercises on linking language
- a gap fill exercise on future language – essay length
- a gap fill exercise on future language – paragraph length
The idea here is that good IELTS grammar is about knowing how and when to use relatives clauses, not just getting their grammar right
A quick lesson on the two main types of relative clause and the basic rules
The idea here is to think of general/particular and countable/uncountable
It is not enough to know the grammar, you also need to know how to use the grammar
These verbs are essential for talking about the future
This lesson focusses more on spoken grammar, but it is also useful in writing too
A lesson that shows you how to use the tense in writing and speaking and not just how to make it
Comparisons and contrasts
using whereas to make contrasts
compare and contrasting language
Adjectives and adverbs
adjectives and adverbs in academic task 1
adverbs do not just qualify verbs but we often use them to qualify other adverbs and adjectives too. This is a great skill to learn to improve your speaking
Good spelling is 100% important in listening and useful in writing too! This lesson tests you on some common mistakes and shows you why they happen
One of my older lessons giving tips on spelling
One common error is putting commas in where they shouldn’t be. This lesson gives you some very practical advice how to avoid this problem. It’s all about thinking of the comma as a pause.