Is it necessary to know Grammar?

I am well aware that as Dyslexic Facilitators we are not teaching, and shouldn’t pay much attention to Grammar, leaving it to the teachers to address. However, I often work with adults, who are out of school and have no opportunity to make up what they missed out on.
Some would argue that you don’t miss much, missing Grammar lessons. I tend to disagree.
For me, Grammar is like the backbone of a language: it gives people confidence, when they use it properly; makes them feel educated;  and most importantly, by understanding their own language, it helps them to learn another one with much more ease.
My most recent 38-year old client was very keen and intrigued to not only add the meaning to words and sentences, but also to gain a deeper understanding and grasp of the English language. For example, the different uses of an ‘s’ often confuses people, especially when they learn a language mostly by listening. There is the ‘s’ for plural nouns; the ‘s’ after a third person verb; the ”s’ (apostrophe ‘s’) in case of the possessive form of nouns, like the water’s edge – or after the ‘s’ when plural proper nouns are possessive, like my friends’ places.
This is his testimony – and I just know that he will not only do very well at Uni, but in his future career as well. All the best, Richard!
“Barbara, you have given me the tools to work out the meanings for words, sentence structure, grammar and now I enjoy reading! I am starting to see patterns and I am getting the academic foundations to apply at Uni. Now I am confident in my ability to tackle my course. I now read differently and see the context from a different perspective. Words now have meaning! I now know how to build words, remember their spelling and put them in sentences. I am more excited now about my future – it’s like being excited about putting the puzzle together. Thank you so much!”
38-year old Client

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