Patterns In English

Patterns are a much easier way to approach English than grammar. Students and teachers alike recoil from technical terms. Yet, we happily remember sentences based on their patterns. The fastest way to remove that frustration barrier is simple. Focus on the patterns and not the technical terms. This puts learning in the realm of communication rather than the technical. After all, we want to engage students in high-frequency, repeatable language. Plus, the majority of opportunities to teach only require the most basic grammar terms.

That being said, I firmly believe the teacher must be well-versed in the grammar. How we apply that knowledge can, however, be done with care and focus.

Adjectives

adjectives syllables English worksheet
adjective word order English worksheet

Articles

articles English worksheet
articles English worksheet

Clauses

what's it about English worksheet

Conditionals

what would you do if English worksheet

Indirect Questions

indirect questions English worksheet

Locations

prepositions of place English worksheet
prepositions of place English worksheet
prepositions of place English worksheet
prepositions of place English worksheet

Modals

will would English worksheet
will be going to English worksheet
can ability English worksheet
ability English worksheet
speculating English worksheet
can ability ESL worksheet

Nouns

Count and Noncount Nouns
Count and Noncount Nouns

One-point Patterns

The gallery on the left can be a great resource for mastering sentence patterns. It’s a growing resource and I want to add the phrases you find helpful.

New teachers often give long-winded explanations of sentences instead of just teaching patterns. We’re all guilty of this at one time or another. The key to helping students master those patterns is to keep it short and simple.

Passives

getting things done English worksheet
active passive voice English worksheet

Past

used to English worksheet
used to English worksheet

Present / Present Perfect

present and present perfect English worksheet
get used to am used to English worksheet

Future

will have done English worksheet

Parts of Speech

verbs English worksheet
adjectives English worksheet
nouns English worksheet
nouns verbs adjectives English worksheet
verbs English worksheet
regular irregular verbs English worksheet

Tag Questions

tag questions English worksheet

Time Words

what time English worksheet
since for English worksheet
in on at time English worksheet
in on at time English worksheet
by until English worksheet
adverbs of frequency English worksheet

Word Order

wh questions