Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)

Rod Campbell
English language and Literacy Specialist
Teach and assess English sentence grammar and vocabulary effectively, enjoyably and creatively; improve learning and results as your students become confident writers.
Target Audience
Designed for teachers of students in secondary and middle schools, for HODs of English and other subjects, and for learning support teachers.
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Learning Areas

General Description

Participants in this day-long workshop will be provided with many strategies for teaching sentence grammar, metalanguage and knowledge of English. Particular focus is placed upon developing student application of this knowledge; therefore, participants will also be given content and processes for implementing formative assessment as well as summative evaluation of student writing.
All participants will complete the day with more than 15 teaching strategies, and with the resources and steps for their immediate classroom implementation.

These strategies have been developed so that participants not only develop knowledge and confidence in teaching grammar but also develop understandings of current linguistic theories and their applications to classroom practice.

Audience

Designed for teachers of students in secondary and middle schools, for HODs of English and other subjects, and for learning support teachers.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

This course provides detailed information about the teaching of English language knowledge, organised and presented so that teachers will gain access to continued resources and content for teaching and assessing grammar and writing.

This is a TQI accredited course in the ACT (2016).


Getting Online


Please note that this is an Online learning format and we use the platform Open Learning. You have 4 weeks to complete the course and can do at your own pace within the start and end dates (advertised). There are no set times where you have to attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be within the Open Learning Platform. If you have any problems navigating Open Learning please contact either admin@tta.edu.au or your presenter and we will do anything we can to assist you.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

Start Date Location Availability Price    
24/07/2017 Online Places available $299 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Session 1: Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary

2 hours

Description: Teaching open-class or vocabulary words

1. Teaching and revising nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs

2. Using dictionaries for developing vocabulary

3. Introducing noun-verb relationship

4. Introducing the adjective-noun relationship

5. Developing figurative and evaluative language

6. More strategies for older students

Teaching the Noun Group and Complex Noun group

1. Teaching concept of Noun Group

2. Developing the noun group using adjectival phrases

3. Developing the noun group using adjectival (or relative) clauses

4. Developing figurative and evaluative language

5. Teaching the noun-verb relationship: subject-verb agreement

6. More Strategies and punctuation for older students

Teaching Knowledge of English and its Vocabulary and Grammar

1. Open-class and closed-class words (parts of speech)

2. Influences on English vocabulary

3. Influences on English grammar

4. Figurative and evaluative language

5. Links to the Australian Curriculum: English

6. Useful references and resources

Delivery: Highly interactive as well as information-giving

Session 2: Teaching Other Language Patterns for Writing and

2 hours

Description: Teaching two of the closed-class or grammatical words:

1. Teaching and revising prepositions and conjunctions

2. Using the prepositional phrase as adverbial or circumstance

3. Introducing verb-adverb relationship

4. Exploring adverbials in clauses and groups

5. Developing figurative and evaluative language

6. More strategies, punctuation and paragraphing for older studentsfor

Teaching Clauses

1. Teaching Main (Independent) and Subordinate (Dependent) Clauses

2. Developing student understanding and use of clauses

3. Understanding complete and incomplete clauses

4. Developing the noun group using embedded subordinate clauses

5. Exploring uses of embedded clauses in print texts

6. Teaching the noun-verb relationship: subject-verb agreement

7. More Strategies for older students

Teaching Sentence Types

1. Simple, complex and compound sentences

2. Loose and periodic sentences

3. Varieties of sentence types: a developmental teaching sequence

4. Using figurative and evaluative language effectively

5. Using theme prominence

6. Sentence Style

More information to English and its Vocabulary and Grammar (brief)

1. Other closed-class words (parts of speech): pronouns and determiners

2. Modality: modal verbs and modal adjuncts

3. Influences on English vocabulary

4. Applying knowledge of sentence grammar to reading: Introduction

5. Useful references and resources

Delivery: Highly interactive as well as information-giving

Session 3: Enabling and Assessing Student Application of Eng

2 hours

Description: Teaching students to edit and proofread their work

1. Dimensions of Editing: Meaning, Structure and Proofreading

2. Developmental sequence for teaching editing (content provided)

3. Conventions of written English (content sites provided)

Formative Assessment of Student Tasks for Writing Development

1. Selecting items for student learning and application

2. Implementing FAST into your writing program

Summative Evaluation of Writing

1. Rubrics for diagnosing and analysing student writing

2. Rubrics for criteria and standards

3. Achievement standards: A consideration

4. Reporting writing

Sentence Grammar

1. Summary of Sessions 1 and 2, with questions for review

2. Applications to inferential comprehension

3. Next steps

A brief introduction to Cohesion

1. Types of cohesion

2. Pronouns

3. Text connectives

4. Theme prominence

5. Lexical considerations

6. Next steps

Delivery: Highly interactive as well as information-giving

Useful

Session 4: Exploring sentence types and writing style

2 hours

Description: Teaching sentence variety, figurative language and forms of style
1. Noun clauses
2. cleft sentences
3. elements of style
4. using the rules of style and grammar for effect
5. rhetorical effects
6. review of the course

What To Bring

Have samples of student writing available.

Have AC:English available.

User Rating

4.7

Latest Reviews

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Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
20/04/2017

Course was very effective. The work provided was practical and included activities that allowed students to actively engage with grammar activities. As well as this, we were provided with clear instructions and justification for the activities. I found the practicality of the course to outweigh others I have completed through TTA. The book was an excellent resource and allows for longevity of the learning. Delivery allowed for flexibility but didn’t allow enough time to work through material.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Rhiannon Mulligan on 20/04/2017

I found this course very helpful and practical. It is always good to complete a course where you can walk into your classroom the next day and actually implement what you have learned in a very tangible way. I intend on returning to Rod Campbell’s book too, as I endeavour to continue to apply myself to becoming a better teacher of grammar.
The course was good. There was a lot of reading and I would have preferred perhaps some videos of Rod talking through this stuff.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Kathleen Quintal on 03/05/2016

The course was useful and valid in the development of my strategies for my Year 7 English class. I have used a number of strategies in class and most have been successful in teaching the students key literacy skills. Some strategies suggested in the course could not work in my class because the level of academic ability is quite low. However, I will continue to use strategies that proved to be successful.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Katherine Moore on 25/04/2016

Great course, the presenter was very helpful and was quick to comment on our discussions. Great practical tool to use in the classroom rather than pure theory.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Josephine Sarkissian on 25/04/2016

The TTA course was brilliant and what I was looking for in order to expand on my teaching strategies in my classroom. My students enjoyed building sentences from the ANVA structure and also to incorporate phrases and clauses. Being able to refer back to the book that was given to me by Rod Campbell is priceless and I am looking forward to building these strategies within my course units. The course has enabled me to teach grammar with confidence and skill.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Alexandra Lawson on 25/04/2016

I found the course content that I managed to cover very useful and enjoyed employing the practical strategies in the classroom. The accompanying book is a bonus that I have found to be a very handy reference guide. I will return to this book again and again, because to be honest, I could not keep up the pace of learning, preparing and delivering the lesson, as well as, meeting the demands of my own teaching programmes and everyday school life.

I did find that some of the questions I raised were not answered by the course facilitator and this could be because I fell behind the timeline and so my queries were missed by the time I posted them. I was never sure if I was posting in the correct place/page – there seemed to be a chat facility, a blog, a discussion and a template to post lessons. I never knew where I was meant to be contributing and am not sure if all of my responses were read.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Angela Kendirjian on 02/02/2016

I enjoyed completing this course. The textbook was well-written and included a range of teaching strategies for teaching functional grammar. I was able to discover more engaging ways of approaching grammar in the classroom and incorporating it into my other units of work. The convenor was friendly and always willing to assist.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Patrick Rooney on 04/01/2016

I found the course quite rewarding. I learnt about new approaches to teacher grammar in an interesting way for students and the forums were a good way to communicate and see what others were thinking or what approaches they were taking in their schools.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Patrick Rooney on 15/12/2015

I found the course quite rewarding. I learnt about new approaches to teacher grammar in an interesting way for students and the forums were a good way to communicate and see what others were thinking or what approaches they were taking in their schools.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Daniela Ifandoudas on 14/12/2015

I really enjoyed this course. I learned some new strategies that I had not come across before and I used them in my class. I particularly enjoyed using the ANVA strategy – so simple yet challenging and effective! I used it with my level 2 Senior ESL English class.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Danielle Lysaught on 09/12/2015

This was a useful course for understanding the ways the English language works. Some very good strategies, though much of it seemed to be aimed at younger years rather than secondary students.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Lesley Falk on 09/12/2015

Some great resources that are clearly explained and provide a method to explicitly teach grammar in an interesting and engaging way.
The ability to use the strategies and discuss the results in the forums gave additional suggestions for implementation.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Megan Russell on 07/12/2015

I found this course to be very effective in firstly establishing an understanding for the need to teach grammar and vocab explicitly, and then providing you with a range of strategies for implementation. Rod was able to give me some specific ideas to help me formulate a literacy program for my students that would promote improved writing and reading. The book has already proved useful in the classroom.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Kristel Wood on 28/10/2015

I found this course extremely beneficial. Getting back to basics, I have found, is important to ensure students maintain their English skills. This course catered for all levels of literacy while allowing for student engagement. I would definitely recommend this course to any teacher, of any experience, as it offered innovative ways to incorporate grammar and vocabulary skills in any lesson. Additionally, communication between participants and Rod Campbell was outstanding.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Lauren Mussig on 27/10/2015

I found the materials and strategies useful and straightforward to apply.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Kristy Smythe on 26/10/2015

I found the information and content engaging. The teaching strategies outlined in the course have proved to be a great addition to my classroom practice.
I gained a lot from the focus on student application in the classroom and a forum for feedback and ideas from other teachers. The course has given me increased confidence in my own understanding of grammar and vocabulary and Rod Campbell’s textbook is a valuable addition to my resources.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
23/10/2015

The Teaching English Grammar course was informative, although there was too much information to sift through for the 6 hour valuation placed on the course. It would have been well over this allotted amount of time.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Paul Connolly on 22/10/2015

Content wise, this if very intensive for such a short time. Especially all of the extra readings etc. However it is all fantastic content. I will be drawing upon these resources and strategies for a long time. I came here mostly to gather extra strategies to use and I got plenty of those. I especially liked the ones that got students to actually USE a dictionary. I have not yet had a solid look at the book, but I am sure I will find many more in there.

Not only that, I learnt quite a bit about language myself. I was not taught a lot of this at uni and have developed my own knowledge over the years, but this course helped a lot, especially for clearing up clauses ;)

I am very pleased to have completed the course and will be repeating many of the activities I have done with my students so far.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Greg Guise on 19/10/2015

I really enjoyed this course. Logical organisation and presentation of material, excellent resource provided via textbook, practical class lessons that led to improvement in my students quality of understanding and creative writing work, fast and precise discussions/feedback.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by David White on 08/10/2015

A course with a lot of grammar content that is very helpful for understanding key facets of grammar. It helps to reinforce the need to explicitly teach grammar in classes especially as current emphases on text type and contextual teaching of English can easily miss this important part. This is very important for EAL/D learners. There are some helpful strategies presented which help in the “how to” of teaching grammar. The course is very content heavy but the presenter was very responsive and helpful in clarifying and helping.


About the team


Rod Campbell

Creator


Finalist for the Professor Betty Watts Memorial Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession of Teaching 2015.


Rod Campbell has many years of experience in teaching across all areas of education, including secondary, primary, early childhood, special education, and university. He has specialised in teaching English, English literacy, curriculum theory and teaching practice in early childhood and primary, classroom research, and has worked with thousands of teachers in Australia and Asia. He is co-author of 17 texts on teaching English literacy and English grammar. “Literacy for the 21st Century” (2012 and 2015) has been one of the leading texts for teacher education in literacy since 2012. Rod has given more than 800 demonstration lessons in scores of schools in the last five years, and these experiences add life to the stories of his presentations in “ How to teach English”. His latest book Teaching English Grammar has already been taken up by many schools including Windsor State School.