Whether or not, Grammar is important for spoken English can be a topic of debate. Some teachers feel that it is important because without grammar it is not possible to speak the language fluently, and the other group on the other hand follows the theory ‘Practice makes a man perfect’.
As per them, it is just a set of rules and helps to identify parts of a sentence, fluency in the language can be achieved by speaking more.
But, Grammar is very important along with just practice. Grammar helps to learn the language in depth and also understand why a sentence has been said in a particular format. The benefits of grammar on teaching and improving writing skills is something that everyone is aware about, its impact on reading, listening and speaking also cannot be mitigated.
Excellent communication skills require very good knowledge of grammar. Communication or conversations require the person to apply grammar rules and also use appropriate vocabulary so that he conveys his thoughts and knowledge to the listeners in an effective and acceptable manner. This is also the reason why grammar teaching is considered imperative.
Grammar is the base of English language. English, as it is a second or a foreign language is not acquired by Indians naturally; therefore, instructions and structured learning are important. With help of grammar, students learn how to form the sentence properly by placement of words. This order of words he would only know if he has knowledge of grammar.
Some students have good observation skills, they observe and notice the grammar rules of the sentence, some take time to understand the sentence formation and to relate to the rules.
Though grammar teaching generally would involve the role of a teacher in the classroom, which usually happens during the school years. But, if due to some reason this does not happen, there are institutes which have courses designed to make language learning and speaking easy based on students’ requirement. Genlish is one such institute where students can learn from the comfort of their home or office on phone.
It has been observed that students who have knowledge of grammar rules and regulations pick up the spoken English skill faster and better, than ones who lack this knowledge. So as said by Jeffrey Gitomer :
“Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.”
- Attributed by Lalita Karthik