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English Grammar for Teachers

Gain an in-depth knowledge of grammatical concepts and apply what you have learnt effectively and engagingly in your teaching.

English Grammar for Teachers

Explore creative ways to teach English grammar

The new national curriculum requires school teachers to teach English grammar, starting in primary school.

This course will help to demystify teaching English grammar and ensure it plays a creative and rewarding role in your English classroom teaching. You’ll explore various ways to teach grammar creatively to primary, secondary, and further education students.

Learn the role of grammar in the UK education system

The course begins with an introduction to the updated terminology of the national curriculum.

As you understand more about the rationale and purpose of grammar within the national curriculum, you’ll look at the underlying linguistic approach of English grammar, helping to improve your confidence in using grammatical concepts and terminology.

Gain in-depth knowledge of grammar rules and concepts

As the course progresses, you’ll deepen your understanding and enhance your teaching of current grammatical concepts, functions, and forms.

You’ll look at the principles behind teaching English grammar and work on embedding grammar into your lessons, making it a useful and fun activity for your students, rather than a box-ticking exercise.

Discover how to use grammar teaching resources from Englicious.org effectively

Englicious is a free online library of original English grammar and language teaching resources. It contains lesson plans, exercises, videos and assessment materials that you can use as part of your teaching.

Through this course, you’ll learn how to navigate through and effectively use Englicious.org’s English grammar resources.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds Hello. When I was a youngster learning French, the way I was taught was often through so-called drills. So this involved learning by heart blocks of 10 sentences, which each instantiated a particular grammatical pattern from French. This is not the most exciting way to learn a foreign language. And it gave grammar learning and grammar teaching a bad name. Luckily, those days are over. If you’re a teacher, and you need to teach grammar in primary school, or in secondary school, or in any other school around the world, then this course is for you. We will tell you all you need to know about English grammar.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds And we will show you how you can enjoy teaching grammar and teach it in a fun and engaging way. English Grammar for Teachers is a 6-week course which will give you all the subject knowledge you need. And we link the teaching of grammar to the Englicious website that we built at UCL. This website is full of resources, lesson plans, videos, and other materials that you can use in the classroom. I hope you’ll join this course. See you soon.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Welcome to the course

    • Course overview

      Welcome to the course English Grammar for Teachers. In this Activity I will introduce myself as the Lead Educator and I will give you an overview of the course.

    • What is grammar? Why and how should it be taught?

      In this Activity we will discuss what grammar is, why it's worth teaching and how it can be taught engagingly in schools.

    • Teaching grammar creatively using the Englicious platform

      In this Activity we introduce you to the Englicious platform.

    • Test your knowledge of English grammar

      In this Activity we ask you to take a diagnostic grammar test.

    • Summary and feedback

      Looking back over the week, looking forward and your thoughts.

  • Week 2

    Nouns, pronouns, determiners and adjectives

    • Nouns and noun phrases

      We start our look at the English word classes with a discussion of nouns and noun phrases, including expanded noun phrases.

    • Pronouns

      Pronouns are words that can 'stand in' for noun phrases. So after we say 'The postman came at 4 p.m. today', we can say 'He is never late'. We will take a look at the different kinds of pronouns we have in English.

    • Determiners

      Determiners are words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘this’, ‘that’ and ‘those’ at the beginning of a noun phrase.

    • Adjectives

      Adjectives are typically words that describe nouns in noun phrases, but they can also occur after verbs such as 'be', 'seem', 'appear', etc.

    • Optional bonus materials to explore

      In this Activity we list a number of bonus resources you can explore. They can also be used in the classroom.

    • Summary and feedback

      Looking back over the week, looking forward and your thoughts.

  • Week 3

    Adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions

    • Adverbs and adverb phrases

      In this Activity we look at adverbs and adverb phrases.

    • Prepositions and preposition phrases

      In this Activity we look at prepositions and preposition phrases.

    • Conjunctions

      In this Activity we look at conjunctions. These are 'linking words'. We will see that there are two kinds of conjunctions: coordinating conjunctions andsubordinating conjunctions.

    • Optional bonus materials to explore

      In this Activity we list a number of bonus resources you can explore. They can also be used in the classroom.

    • Summary and feedback

      Looking back over the week, looking forward and your thoughts.

  • Week 4

    Verbs

    • Verbs: main verbs

      In this Activity we look at 'main verbs'. These can express a huge range of meanings. Principal among them are activities, but verbs can also express states, feelings, states of affairs, etc.

    • Verbs: auxiliary verbs

      In this Activity we look at 'auxiliary verbs'. One or more of these always accompany main verbs. A special group of auxiliary verbs are the modal auxiliary verbs.

    • Tenses in English: the present tense and the past tense

      In this Activity we look at the grammatical notion of 'tense' in English, typically found as an ending on verbs to express 'time'. We will look at the two tenses in English: the prsent tense and the past tense.

    • Optional bonus materials to explore

      In this Activity we list a number of bonus resources you can explore. They can also be used in the classroom.

    • Summary and feedback

      Looking back over the week, looking forward and your thoughts.

  • Week 5

    Clauses: main clauses, subordinate clauses and clause patterns

    • Clauses

      In this Activity we look at 'clauses': what are they and how can we recognise them?

    • Clause patterns

      In this Activity we look at the clause patterns 'statement', 'question', 'command' and 'exclamation'

    • Optional bonus materials to explore

      In this Activity we list a number of bonus resources you can explore. They can also be used in the classroom.

    • Summary and feedback

      Looking back over the week, looking forward and your thoughts.

  • Week 6

    Grammatical form and grammatical function

    • Grammatical form and grammatical function

      We have seen that the word classes (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) belong to the level of 'grammatical form'. In this Activity we look at how word classes relate to 'grammatical functions', such as subject, object and adverbial.

    • Subject

      In this Activity we look at the grammatical function of 'subject', characterised as the 'do-er' or 'be-er' of the action or situation expressed by a verb.

    • Object

      In this Activity we look at the grammatical function of 'object', characterised as the 'undergoer' of the action or situation expressed by a verb.

    • Adverbial

      In this Activity we look at expressions that tell you 'when, 'why' or 'how' something happened.

    • The relationship between the levels of grammatical form and grammatical function

      In this Activity we look at how 'grammatical form' relates to 'grammatical function'.

    • Optional bonus materials to explore, and Englicious printed resources

      In this Activity we list a number of bonus resources you can explore. They can also be used in the classroom.

    • Summary of the course and final thoughts

      In this Activity we look back over the course and what we have learnt.

    • Final test

      Now we have reached the end of the course, we ask you to take a grammar test again. After you have taken the test you can compare your score to the score you obtained in Week 1 of the course to see what progress you made.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain basic grammatical terminology to young learners at the appropriate Key Stages
  • Identify sentence components, such as word classes, phrases and clauses
  • Identify grammatical form and function labels
  • Describe and explain nuanced differences between grammatical patterns in terms of structure and meaning
  • Explore the Englicious website, and incorporate its activities into your teaching practice
  • Explain how different grammatical constructions create different effects for readers in age-appropriate texts

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for primary, secondary and further education teachers in the UK. It’s also suitable for trainee teachers, NQTs, Heads of Department and teaching staff of all subjects. Potential interest to EFL/ESOL English teachers globally.

Who will you learn with?

I’m a Professor of English Linguistics at UCL with a passion for English grammar.

After you take this course I hope you will be just as enthusiastic!

Who developed the course?

UCL (University College London)

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.

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