Luke Pearce

Luke Pearce

Luke is an Associate Lecturer at UCL, working on the Englicious project, and has worked as an English teacher for over 10 years, mainly in post-16 and adult education.

Location South London, UK


  • Lots of great ideas!

  • Hello and welcome to the course!

  • Welcome to the course!

  • Welcome!

  • We have experimented with a forum before but it's hard to maintain especially in the days of social media. If you follow us on X (formerly Twitter), we do have discussions there and would happily share any questions you might have!

  • It's true we can get some meaning from just the sentences, but it would be far more meaningful when read in its proper context.

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  • I couldn't agree more!

  • That's great to hear!

  • Thanks for taking part!

  • I think this is a great text to use since it has such a great impact on the reader - for better or worse. Adverts like this are expertly designed to manipulate our fears as you said.

  • That's a very creative way to elicit reader response!

  • @ClintonHenderson Thank you for illustrating the point so well! Decontextualised examples can often lead to these kinds of confusions since language naturally exists in a wider context.

  • You must hear many interesting examples of translanguaging!

  • Seeing grammar as a set of choices rather than a list of rules is a big part of our approach!

  • Thank you!

  • I think you'll find this course very useful to build on this approach you have already laid out!

  • Beautifully put! Makes me want to learn an instrument!

  • Studying other languages is a great way to gain a better understanding and appreciation of grammar! I probably would not have become an English teacher if I'd never studied Spanish!

  • I think you have a typo in the first line! :)

  • Good question. This course is designed for mainstream teachers in the UK in which pupils are required to learn about grammar as part of their compulsory primary education. Therefore the activities build on that knowledge. But of course this relies on the learners already having a baseline of grammatical knowledge which would probably be taught through more...

  • For second-language learners, it will always be necessary to do some old-school memorising. Like you say, the end goal should be to connect that knowledge to real, meaningful texts.

  • Thank you!

  • There are many who advocate 'no grammar' approaches to language learning. It's certainly possible, but only if you focus on speech and communication at the expense of writing and deeper analysis.

    The terminology we use is that from the English National Curriculum (2014). Of course, there are many other terms out there, so use whatever is best for your...

  • Hopefully this course will give you some more options!

  • Welcome! That sounds like an adventure!

  • Welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Welcome to the course and Happy New Year!

  • Thank you! That's great to hear!

  • Thank you for taking part!

  • That's a great question! You don't need to use the technical terms like deixis or proximal. Maybe try cutting out words like 'here', 'there', 'me', 'you' and asking pupils to place these in appropriate places around the room. Timelines are also a useful way to work with past, present and future.

  • Great! These are the connections we want our students to start noticing.

  • If you search for 'Englicious' you should find us!

  • Welcome!

  • Welcome to the course!

  • After you submit your assignment, you should be assigned one automatically after you click 'Next' on this page.

  • Welcome!

  • Great to hear! Many teachers avoid using grammar to analyse texts at GCSE level, but it's always useful to have another angle to use in the exam!

  • What is a diamante poem?

  • Greats ideas! Of course, in a real lesson, we could combine the grammar with analysis of other literary and poetic devices.

  • Starting with images is a good idea. Learners could write their own headlines to check their understanding of the genre.

  • @MaríaVerónicaSpuntone This is exactly the kind of approach we will be taking later on!

  • These are great! :)

  • Great definition!