Online grammar unit makes sense for future

Kathy Deacon
Director, Centre for Professional Learning

An opportunity for teachers to consolidate and extend their repertoire of strategies for teaching grammar is being offered online to Federation members as part of a partnership between the Centre for Professional Learning and the University of Wollongong.

Modules for the Knowledge About Language Unit include: Coming to Grips with Grammar in English K–10, Going Further with Grammar K–10 and Resources for Organising Text K–10.

Successful completion of all three modules in the unit may enable participants to apply for academic credit to the postgraduate coursework program in Education at the University of Wollongong.

Melanie Dodd, a primary teacher from Deniliquin, has completed all three modules and now feels more confident to teach grammar in a contextually relevant manner for her students. She commenced module 1 in 2014 and completed modules 2 and 3 in 2015.

“I’m pleased that the modules were directly linked to the NSW English Syllabus and that during the delivery of each module, practical examples of activities to support the teaching of grammar were provided and could be trialled,” Ms Dodd said.

The online delivery is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to converse directly with each other and the university lecturer utilising Adobe Connect.

“The opportunity to link with the lecturer and other teachers from across the state was invaluable,” Ms Dodd said.

Completing the modules was not overwhelming, according to Ms Dodd, and she highly recommends that K–10 teachers consider completing these modules as a way of gaining a greater understanding of the teaching of grammar from Early Stage 1 through to stages 4 and 5.

Dr Pauline Jones, a senior lecturer in Language in Education at the University of Wollongong, who teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in language and literacy, presented the modules completed by Ms Dodd.