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

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

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.

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

There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.

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)
by Charlene Dallmer on 19/09/2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and was able to learn many things about English grammar to help improve my teaching practice. The handbook that we received with this course provides excellent information and examples that I will continue to use for many years to come! Very informative and provided excellent activities to incorporate into my own classroom.
Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Marina Djuric on 15/09/2017

I found the course textbook really useful and a great resource that I will be able to use in years to come. I didn’t have as much time during the course to try out all the various strategies, but since they are outlined in the textbook I can come back to them when the opportunity presents itself. The activities were very practical.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Janelle Price on 14/09/2017

I learnt a lot from Rod and he challenged my thinking on vocabulary and grammar instruction. Being a school for the deaf, who is interested in Evidence Based Practice we are always looking for ways to improve and critique our teaching.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Sarah Riber on 14/09/2017

A wealth of excellent resources to use for teaching grammar. The teacher I was team-teaching with loved the activities and wants to use them in her classes too.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Dave Fletcher on 05/09/2017

Overall good layout and format with opportunities for collegiate discussion of practical strategies for teaching grammar. Effective, easy-to-use and understand resources (the majority of which I intend to implement next year).

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Serena Lewis on 05/09/2017

This was an exceptionally valuable course and followed on perfectly from the preceding course about grammar and writing. Some useful ideas and resources and a great opportunity to share good practice with others online.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Tamera Goldfinch on 04/09/2017

Really informative and instruction for teaching grammar to students and for teacher understanding.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Meredith Sproule on 27/08/2017

I found this course to be well-paced, with clear examples to guide my learning of the content. A knowledgeable facilitator helped too. Good sequence of activities.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Sarah Thompson on 14/08/2017

Very informative. Taught me how to teach what I knew rather then just tell students about it

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Ashleigh Kidd on 28/04/2017

The course was informative, relevant and practical. I found the readings were engaging and educational. My own personal knowledge of grammar and vocabulary was lifted as well as my confidence to teach it in the classroom. The teaching strategies provided worked well in class and I found that they were flexibly enough to cater to different age groups. Students responded well to the activities and I can see myself using them again in the future. I now have detailed resources to add to my collection.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Bridget Kovats on 24/04/2017

This course was valuable as it allowed teachers, some of whom had not studied grammar skills or metalanguage to engage with appropriate activities and skills to teach it. I found the activities valuable but did realise that many were aimed at primary students, and perhaps lacked the academic rigour for the more mature or capable students.

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.


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.