So you may think how on earth did I land an English teaching role in Barcelona if I struggled with Grammar? Well, to be honest, this school was looking for English native speakers no educational

or work experience qualifications were required.

Since college, I had not practised English general grammar tenses and also other things. During my GCSE'S I failed my English , now looking back it was due to lack of understanding. While I was in secondary school although I enjoyed English literature and did pretty well when it came to the English language I struggled a great deal.

Native Speaker Assumptions

People assume that if you are a native speaker, your Grammar must be perfect, which could not be further from the truth, in fact, many of those who speak English as a second language have a greater knowledge of English grammar compared to natives. Many English native speakers after secondary school do not continue to further their english grammar skills,unless pursuing further education such as teaching,journalism and medicine.

South East London

I am from Southeast London, although I do not want to speak for all of us, a lot of slang was widely spoken in my environment whilst growing up, incorrect English grammar speaking was the norm.

Until I studied English grammar intensely later in life I assumed my grammar was ok, however, it

was dreadful as I was unfamiliar with the explanation of rules, for example, all the tenses.

J,Robinson 2019 (regional voices,English across UK,your voices,cntemapry accents of the UK.

"Do you say ‘I haven’t’, ‘I’ve not’, ‘I havnae’, or ‘I ain’t’? Discover how grammar varies between speakers and from place to place and explore attitudes to grammatical variation."

During my time in university I wrote several essays which involved a basic level of good writing skills punctuation, grammar etc, however in my particular university we were assessed mainly on our knowledge of the course modules rather than our writing skills, so during this time my English grammar did not improve. When I look through old essays I was unimpressed with my grammar.

  • Weather It is the state of the atmosphere in a particular place e.g., rain, sunshine.

  • .Whether It is mostly used to introduce a clause and express a doubt or choice between alternatives.

This is something that native sppeaksers often confuse. Also writing such as always using abbreviations, forgetting commas, while occasionally using wrong tenses !


From what I remember primary school consisted of reading during the class and basic punctuation exercises. secondary school’s poetry writing as well as literature we studied mice & men and Romeo

and Juliet, however, I do not remember focusing much on the English language, plus they placed us in different groups according to our academic ability I was in the semi ok group.

Again moving on to college a time when I still writing and not using the PC much, there was little emphasis on English grammar. I began my Spanish classes, although however when it came to Spanish grammar, it was a huge struggle because my English grammar knowledge was basic, so imagine a foreign language.

I knew a friend from school who did not speak English until she was 15 years old, although, she managed to pass her English language GCSE after only speaking English for 1 Year, she progressed on to study journalism in University and is now a professional blog writer so it goes to show, to be good at English grammar you do not have to be a native speaker or know every grammar term off by heart, you either

have to study very hard or incorporate it in your daily learning. My daily tips to improve my English Grammar.

  1. Read Books

  2. Free English Grammar course

  3. Hire an English Tutor

  4. Teach English as 2nd language

  5. Read dictionary

  6. Join English meet-up groups

Bad spelling and grammar are very common among native speakers. The English language has more vocabulary updates and commonly accepted "incorrect" grammar than any other language

in the world (except maybe Spanish}

Jonnie Robinson(2019) (Themes:Regional voices: English across the UK, Your Voices: contemporary accents of the UK)
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