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He’s a Beluga. She’s a Beluga. They’re Belugas!

School News November 30, 2021
He’s a Beluga. She’s a Beluga. They’re Belugas!

Recently, the Beluga class have been learning about how to properly change their grammar when using singular or plural nouns. To do this, we first learned different kinds of jobs such as: doctor, nurse, teacher, cook, pilot, police officer, firefighter, bus driver and football player.

After we knew about the different jobs, we looked at grammar and sentence structures. We noted that when using singular nouns in sentences we use words such as: a, is, he and she. We then started to combine these words with our jobs to form full sentences as well as ask and answers. When using the sentences ‘He’s/She’s a ___. He/She isn’t ___.’ We were careful to make sure that we did not say ‘He’s/She’s isn’t a ___.’ as this would cause us to use the word ‘is’ twice and make the sentence incorrectly be ‘He/She is is not a ___.’ When asking and answering, we learned that if a sentence begins with the word ‘Is’ then we should use the word ‘is’ in our answer, too e.g. ‘Is’ he/she a ___? Yes, he/she is.’ or ‘No, he/she isn’t.’

Next, after learning some ask and answers using singular nouns, we moved onto plural nouns. We noted that when using plural nouns in sentences we use words such as: they, are and add +s to the end of the nouns. We tackled this much like we did with our singular nouns but replacing the appropriate words. Similarly, we noted that much like with the word ‘is’, if a sentence begins with the word ‘Are’ then we such use the word ‘are’ in our answers e.g. ‘Are they ___s? Yes, they are’ or ‘No, they aren’t.’

Although this may seem like such as basic and simple thing for native English speakers, it can be quite tricky for the children as it is very unlike Chinese grammar. However, it is a very important stepping stone and foundation into developing the overall fluidity of their English speaking as they get older.