The Glamour of Grammar

A one day workshop: Thursday July 8th 2010

Grammar is seen by some as a set of dreary rules, by others as hoops to jump through on the way to assessing pupils’ progress in English and by many others as something that is joyless and difficult. We hope to show you that while describing it as “glamorous” might be pushing it a bit, grammar can open up different ways of thinking about language, give you new approaches to teaching and equip your students with analytical and problem-solving tools that can help in all sorts of ways.

The day is designed to offer teachers of key stages 3-5:

  • sessions which will consolidate your own knowledge of grammar
  • resources that can be used with classes from year 9 to A level
  • ideas and practical approaches to teaching spoken language
  • 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

Barbara Bleiman, Deputy Director of The English & Media Centre and editor of emag

Sean Wallis, Senior Research Fellow SEU

Dan Clayton, Research Fellow SEU, AQA 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. Thursday 8th July 10.00 - 4.15

The cost for each delegate is £49


Time Session
10.00 - 10.15 Registration & coffee
10.15 - 11.45 An introduction to studying grammar: philosophy & practice.
A session designed to explain why studying grammar is an important way of developing problem-solving skills, plus a refresher course in the basics of grammar to give a confidence boost to secondary and sixth form English teachers
Bas Aarts
11.45 - 11.50 Brief break
11.50 - 1.00 Practical approaches to grammar teaching from KS3 - A level.
A resource-based session with tasks aimed at three different levels.
Dan Clayton
1.00 - 2.00 Lunch
2.00 - 3.00 The Spoken Language Study:
an introduction to teaching approaches for the new GCSE unit
Barbara Bleiman
3.00 - 3.15 Coffee break
3.15 - 4.15 Encouraging Investigation:
a session designed to set up mini-investigation tasks using the ICE-GB corpus and other resources, from GCSE - A level
Bas Aarts, Sean Wallis and Dan Clayton
4.15 - 4.30 Informal feedback/focus group

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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