I agree with the fact that the average native English speaking person should be better at grammar & literacy them those who have studied the majority of their lives in a different language..
However, after having asked several other ppl about verbs, nouns, etc, it turned out the half of them couldnt remember or said they never paid that much attention in school and were therefore unable to explain any of it full stop.. So bad!! lol.
I know that for me as a non-native I will struggle most with this area. So, once I brightly (duh!) established the fact that I do strongly need to 'brush up my skills' or even better said 'start learning from scratch', I decided to have a look & see if I could do some part time courses here in the town to get some English degrees behind me. After having done a couple of online tests in literacy level 2 through an adult learning website & having scored 85% & 95% pass rates, I can now make an appointment to sit the official national test hopefully asap. I will be on the phone first thing tomorrow morning! On passing of the test I will get a national certificate in literacy equal to gcse level. If I can score another 90% then that should be a B+ gcse (according to the website?). I'd be well chuffed with this! *big smiles* :-D
I know it is only just a start & I know that it will take a little while before I get to be at University degree for English grammar & literacy, but I doubt that will ever happen, nor do I have any interest to get to that point in the near future. All I want is to know & more importantly; understand the language I want to teach and have as many degrees or diploma's behind be to be able to open as many doors as possible. The way I see it at the moment, I'd be happy to teach the beginners & explain to them the basic words like 'apple' & 'tree'... *Wow!* :-D