Grammar or Writing? Which is more important?

Tuition centres have high demand for grammar and writing classes for primary students. Primary school is quite demanding in Hong Kong, with a considerable amount of workload for children at a young age. The dilemma parents have is what course to pick for their child and which one is more beneficial.

Lets break it down. Grammar is the structure of the English language and is essential when trying to improve communication levels. Writing allows students to channel their inner thoughts to communicate their ideas on paper. Both are important when it comes to the assessing how fluent the person is in English.

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Writing allows students to be creative with their thoughts. They can execute a piece in whatever style they desire. Writing is an exceptional indicator of how broad the vocabulary range of a student is, as it fully tests their inner thoughts.Grammar on the other hand shows the level of understanding of the English language. Speaking grammatically correct gives out clear messages that can be interpreted effectively.

Writing comes naturally as you get older. The wider vocabulary range you have, the more you have to write about. Writing cannot be taught if the student doesn’t have a decent exposure to English. I have always said, if you speak well, you will be able to write well. If you cannot speak well, they you won’t be able to write well either.

Grammar should always come before writing. Grammar you need a decent vocabulary wage before tackling it, as there are many structures that are foreigners are not familiar with. However, grammar is vital when it comes to early sentence structuring, as you learn the rules of English. Learning the rules gives you get a general idea of how to construct and fit words together to form a sentence that comprehend-able.


These recommendations I have always set out to parents who are interested in either writing or grammar;

  • They must have solid speaking ability for their age with a decent vocabulary range before starting either grammar or writing.
  • Grammar is fundamental to writing. It should be learnt first to get an understanding of the grammar structures of the English language.
  • Writing is all about creativity that comes through independent thinking. More exposure to English content will brighten their creative horizon.
  • Writing is not essential in Primary school, grammar is. Grammatically correct sentences are more desirable when it comes to assessing.

Parents should carefully consider their child’s English ability before deciding on a course. To summarise, if they can’t communicate in English well, they are not ready to start writing in English as well.

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Mr. Greg

An English teacher from Scotland who made a website to share resources for free with the whole world! Currently based in Hong Kong, teaching in an International Kindergarten and tutoring Primary students.

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