It is the author’s opinion that the rules of a language need to be taught specifically to pupils and students in order for them to know and understand its correct usage in different contexts e.g. no one can be expected to be able to ride a bike without having being taught how to.

Teaching the rules or mechanics of a language should therefore be separated from other language activities such as writing which main purpose is to communicate one’s ideas to others. A writer should be able to record ideas without the added task of worrying about the transcriptional aspects at that stage.  

This section of the Kingdom of Benin Blogs deals with transcriptional aspects of writing. The exercises can used to support remedial actions identified by the teacher in a student’s writing or speech; students will therefore be better placed to avoid such errors.

Students working independently with a desire to improve their sentence structure in both speech and writing will find the exercises useful too.

To embed skills practiced, it is recommended that students read and write frequently as practice makes perfect. Read, write; check the grammar.

The exercises cover many common errors like spelling words with similar sounds but different spellings. 

Some exercises deal with grammatical errors in the use of word classes e.g.  agreement of verb with subject, use of simple past tense and past participle. 

Punctuation exercises are included to provide students with opportunity to practise correct punctuation of sentences and passages. 

Idioms and phrases with their meanings have been included to offer more writing opportunities for students to compose sentences and passages.

An online dictionary is included at the bottom of each page to make it easier for students to check meaning of new and unfamiliar words.

Answers to the exercises can be found in the answers section on the link below. These should only be used to check completed work.

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