12 Resources for Grammar and Punctuation Usage by Karen Schweitzer

Part of the Cool Sites series

There are many different websites that can be used to teach your students about grammar and punctuation usage. Some of the best are interactive and can serve as fun reinforcement tools for those who are working to retain what they have already learned. Here are a few websites to bookmark and try throughout the school year:
Quizlet- This free flashcard site has hundreds of pre-made English grammar flashcards that can be printed or studied online. Quizlet also allows users to create their own flashcards.
– This site provides a free digital-based game to help people boost their knowledge of punctuation and capitalization rules. The game displays an incorrect sentence and then asks players to choose the correct version of the sentence from four multiple choice options.
Free Rice- Students can give rice to hungry people when they play the FreeRice English grammar game online. The United Nations World Food Program will donate 10 grains of rice to the needy for every question that is answered correctly. There is no limit to the number of questions that can be answered each day.
SpeakSpeak- Created by an English language teacher from Great Britain, SpeakSpeak provides a large collection of free English grammar and vocabulary exercises. Exercises are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
Chomp Chomp – This site offers definitions for common grammar terms, interactive grammar exercises with accompanying handouts, quick tips and rules, and projector-ready presentations.
Using English- Using English is an excellent place to find ESL tools and resources. Useful features include a grammar glossary and reference, printable handouts and worksheets, English quizzes, and a text analysis tool.
– The Web English Teacher provides many different punctuation resources on her site. Resources include materials and lessons on commas, semicolons, apostrophes, capitalization, and more.
– Lang-8 is perfect for students who are looking to practice the English grammar and punctuation they have already learned. Site visitors can write in a language they are learning and get the writing critiqued and corrected by a native speaker.

– Parapal online provides a wide range of interactive grammar and vocabulary exercises designed to improve listening, writing, and reading skills.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) – Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab provides more than 200 free resources to help students learn grammar and mechanics, punctuation, style guidelines, and more. The OWL also has a selection of suggested resources for writers and ESL students.
– Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty provides information on grammar, punctuation, style, and word choices through a free newsletter, blog, and podcasts. Students who visit the Grammar Girl site can also submit questions to be answered by grammar experts.
GrammarBook.com – Created to supplement the bestselling Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, GrammarBook.com provides a free online guide to grammar and punctuation usage. Other free site features include online quizzes, videos and tests.

Karen Schweitzer
Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School.

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