The Clamour for Grammar

A one day workshop: Wednesday November 10th 2010

Following on from our successful Glamour of Grammar day back in July, we revisit grammar at Key Stages 3 and 4 with a sustained focus on the basics of word classes, phrases and clauses and a day aimed at teachers who feel they need a crash course in grammar or to brush up on key concepts.

The day is designed to offer teachers of key stages 3 and 4:

  • a crash course in the basics of grammar, aimed at boosting confidence in word classes and syntax
  • reasons for how and why grammar study can help
  • classroom resources that can be used with years 7-11
  • ideas and practical approaches to applying the study of grammar to literary, non-literary and spoken texts
  • examples of investigative approaches to language study
  • illustrations of actual language usage, drawn from the ICE-GB corpus

Who. The day's sessions will be presented by:

Bas Aarts, Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage (SEU) at UCL

Dan Clayton, Research Fellow SEU, senior examiner for English Language A level

Where. Department of English Language and Literature, University College London (5 minutes' walk from British Rail, Euston)

When. Wednesday November 10th 2010 10.00 - 4.00

The cost for each delegate is £95


Time Session
10.00 - 10.15 Registration
10.15 - 11.15 Crash course in grammar (part one)

Starting with a look at what grammar study can bring to the classroom, this session will move on to take a look at the basics of word classes. What are they? What do they do and how can we tell them apart?

Bas Aarts
11.15 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 12.30 Crash course in grammar (part two)

Following on from the first session, in this session you will learn about phrases and clauses, as well as clause functions (subject, direct object, indirect object, etc.).

Bas Aarts
12.30 - 1.30 Lunch
1.30 - 2.30 Grammar in the Classroom 1
Practical approaches to using grammar in the analysis of literary texts

A session looking at how to practically apply grammar analysis to literary texts at GCSE and KS3.

Dan Clayton
2.30 - 2.45 Tea break
2.45 - 4.00 Grammar in the Classroom 2
Practical approaches to using grammar in the analysis of language texts and spoken language

A session looking at practical approaches to using grammar analysis with non-literary and spoken language texts at GCSE and KS3.

Dan Clayton

This workshop is supported by the AHRC Research Project Creating a Web-Based Platform for English Language Teaching and Learning at UCL.

For further details and/or reservation form, please email Dan Clayton.

This is the first of what we hope will be a series of workshops for teachers, addressing grammar teaching in secondary English. If you have any suggestions for particular areas that you would like to see covered in future workshops, please let us know.

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