Teach Me Grammar!
In the second half of 2011, twelve intrepid language and literacy teachers joined the Teach Me Grammar Project - an action learning project investigating the ins and outs of teaching grammar to various adult learner groups (CaLD, native speakers, ATSI, Deaf). The aim was to identify the value of teaching grammar and of finding the most productive and effective ways of doing so. The participants attended ten, four-hour PD sessions to learn the grammar themselves (or 'plug the gaps' in their grammar knowledge) and to consider and learn about a variety of techniques for teaching it to their own learners. Between the sessions, the participants were expected to teach at least some of what they had learned to their own students, and then reflect on the experience through a specially designed blog. The great success of the project led to a new, slightly extended program and a second, more intensive program being organised for 2012. A third program was also started in Albany which will continue into 2013. Another Perth-based program will also run in 2013 starting in March. This program has already been filled, but if you are interested in participating in a future program (or simply finding out a little more about it) contact Geoff Pearson on 9330 8989.
The program covers:
Grammar Lessons on:
5 basic active sentence patterns with variations
7 key tenses
These Teaching skills:
Using video and real-life texts
Combining and decombining sentneces
Integrating grammar teaching into communicative tasks
Noticing, hunting and imitating
Questions considered were:
What's the value of teaching grammar, if any?
Is it the same for different learner groups?
What should be taught when, and in what order?
Should we abandon traditional terminology in favour of more user-friendly language?
Registered Training Organisation
TheTeach Me Grammar Program 2013is now fully booked and will start in March.
Access-anytime online PD workshops and programs
From September 2021, Agenda Communication is progressively producing all of its workshops for access-anytime online delivery.
The first of these, Teaching Basic Sentence Structure (Part 1), is currently in the final stages of testing before going live. This will happen on or before 30 September 2021, when the links here will become live - so be sure to return again in the next four weeks!
Teaching Basic Sentence Structure (Part 1) is the first workshop in the Teach Me Grammar workshop series. Parts 2-5 will be added over the coming months, as will all of Agenda Communication's most popular workshops, including: