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

Teaching Standards

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

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1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
1.4.2 Proficient Level – Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
2.1.2 Proficient Level – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.3.2 Proficient Level – Curriculum, assessment and reporting
3.2.2 Proficient Level – Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
5.1.2 Proficient Level – Assess student learning
5.2.2 Proficient Level – Provide feedback to students on their learning

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you.

Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.4.2, 2.1.2, 2.3.2, 3.2.2, 5.1.2 & 5.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

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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 Expanded 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: There is information-giving, and participants are invited to trial one or more of the many teaching strategies that have been presented. Participants will not be able to undertake and trial all of the teaching strategies, but I hope that participants will download all the information and use the strategies in the following years of their teaching.

As well, there is a book that participants may wish to purchase from Pearson or any educational bookseller: Teaching English Grammar: A Handbook for Australian Teachers. The book was published by Pearson Education Australia in 2014 and is now in its second edition (2018). I am the senior author, and the book has sold almost 5 000 copies.

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 students

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: There is information-giving, and participants are invited to trial one or more of the many teaching strategies that have been presented. Participants will not be able to undertake and trial all of the teaching strategies, but I hope that participants will download all the information and use the strategies in the following years of their teaching.

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: There is information-giving, and participants are invited to trial one or more of the many teaching strategies that have been presented. Participants will not be able to undertake and trial all of the teaching strategies, but I hope that participants will download all the information and use the strategies in the following years of their teaching.

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 ... - Rod Campbell
22/12/2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Very relevant to all students across a range of year levels and abilities.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary ... - Rod Campbell
22/12/2018

course content was relevant for all students

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary ... - Rod Campbell
22/12/2018

This course was extremely relevant that will allow me to implement specific strategies to use in class.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary ... - Rod Campbell
22/12/2018

Excellent; during the course I purchased the text book which provided me with high quality background knowledge. The lessons I prepared as a result of the course were successful and fruitful.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary ... - Rod Campbell
22/12/2018

Very relevant and high quality teaching strategies relating to students' writing skills

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary ... - Rod Campbell
22/12/2018

Quality information, highly relevant to teaching English.

Teaching English Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing and Reading (Secondary and Middle School)
by Shannon Hutchinson on 18/12/2017

The course was very useful. Practical strategies as well as detailed content to inform my teaching.

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.


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 19 texts on teaching English literacy and English grammar. “Literacy for the 21st Century” (2012, 2015 and 2019) has been one of the leading texts for teacher education in literacy since 2012. Rod has given more than 1100 demonstration lessons in scores of schools in the last nine years, and these experiences add life to the stories of his presentations in “ How to teach English”. His latest books include “Teaching English Grammar: A handbook for Australian Teachers” (Pearson 2014 and 2018), and has sold almost 5000 copies, and is used by teachers in more than 90 schools in Queensland and NSW, schools where all teachers have been issued with a copy.

In January 2018, Rod was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to education, particularly to literacy, as a practitioner, academic and author. His influence on literacy education and grammar instruction has been profound.