Grammar Basics Workshop

Grammar Basics workshop is a self-paced & accredited (TQI) PD/PL for primary and secondary teachers who want to increase their knowledge of grammar. This accredited (TQI 2021) 5 hour course addresses 1.3, 2.1, 2.5, 6.2 and 6.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining proficient Teacher registration.

We offer individual enrolments for teachers, as well as school licences powered by an efficient PD/PL management platform. Coordinating and monitoring PD sessions or asynchronous PD has never been this easy!

SCHOOL LICENCES – STRAIGHTFORWARD PD MANAGEMENT & FLEXIBLE LEARNING:
Schools can initiate teachers’ enrolment simply by entering names and email addresses into our straightforward learning management system.

ENROL TEACHERS IN SECONDS
MONITOR TEACHER PROGRESS (OPTIONAL)

Every school is different, and our course is suited to both individual self-led learning and group learning. Depending on your needs, you might like to:

  • Invite teachers to complete at their own pace (asynchronously), according to your own PD/PL schedule.
  • Complete in a group setting during a regular PD/PL period.

Either way, our course can be paused and re-commenced according to your needs.

INDIVIDUAL SELF-PACED LEARNING

A GROUP PD SESSION

COURSE OVERVIEW:
This self-paced online course is organised into a series of mini lessons to help you learn grammar step-by-step, with lots of chances to practice and refine your new knowledge. The course covers the key components of grammatical subject knowledge that are required for the Australian Curriculum English. The course is designed for primary and secondary teachers Australia wide (and internationally) who want to increase their knowledge of grammar. The course has been tailored to help you understand English grammar as documented in the Australian Curriculum: English under Sentences and Clause-level grammar and Word-level grammar.

The course aims to help you:

  • Understand the basic concepts of English grammar
  • Develop confidence in using grammatical metalanguage (terminology)
  • Improve your ability to analyse the grammar of texts
  • Use grammar to improve your students’ literacy skills
  • Understand the needs of students from diverse linguistic backgrounds
  • Begin the process of developing engaging activities for teaching grammar

The course will cover the following:

  • Parts of speech/word classes – nouns, verbs, adjectives etc.
  • Verb systems – main/auxiliary, finite/non-finite, transitive/intransitive
  • Word groups/phrases
  • Clauses
  • Sentences – simple, compound, complex
  • Grammatical function – subject, object, complement, adverbial etc.
  • Active and passive sentences
  • Teaching strategies and activities

About the instructor:
The facilitator of Grammar Basics Workshop, Margaret McBride (BA, M.Ed), has over 30 years of English language teaching experience. Margaret has also taught teacher education and grammar at universities to post-graduate and master’s degree students.

Read what hundreds of teachers have said about Grammar Basics:

This PL has been beneficial to me in my first year of High School teaching as it has allowed me to explore the fundamentals of grammar which is a big focus on writing structures in high school. It has helped me identify strengths and weaknesses in students writing. From this, I have been able to help and extend where necessary. Therefore, responding to students learning needs

I would recommend this workshop to all teachers no matter how good they may think their grammar is. It is a very useful and hands on, through activities, workshop. Great workshop!

I believe the whole program was useful, it’s very difficult to separate one part from another, students of all ages will benefit from such a program.

It has had an effect on student learning as I am m ore confident in explaining the ‘why’ of grammar to students

This program provided a great professional learning opportunity to learn, engage and gain helpful tips from highly experienced language teachers. I thoroughly enjoyed this PL.

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

The most useful aspect of this program was the increase in my own personal knowledge of
grammar to improve my writing and my ability to teach it to my students.

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

Consolidation of grammar rules is helpful in improving my teaching of literacy and also assisting students in improving their writing.

Understanding word types and common errors

it was a PL from which, almost any teacher would take away new or clearer knowledge and understanding.

I am better able to understand the mistakes learners make based on the information presented. I am also able to
better correct the students as to why they made those mistakes and how to correct them appropriately.

It was a great program, though a little fast paces at times, but that was because of all the helpful information being presented.

The knowledge gained about grammar, not only improved my understanding of grammar, but will allow me to teach it to my students more confidently.

Having detailed explicit teaching on grammar and parts of speech. I learnt new information that is needed

The whole point of the workshop was that it extracted the most important elements of grammar and presented them concretely.

I have been able to explain grammar concepts to students more confidently.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

It will have a great impact on students learning

The ability to explain grammar to students more confidently due to increased knowledge of how to use grammar in ways that is understandable for primary school students.

The way that the program was structured and scaffolded (from the foundational knowledge required through to
the more advanced learning) was incredibly beneficial for me.

It was very educating , informing and explained all the grammar parts explicitly which made it easier to understand.

The most useful aspects of this program is my working knowledge of grammar basics.

The workshop was designed to up-skill teachers in their understanding and confidence of teaching grammar and
that is exactly what it did

Having an understanding of sentence structure and the metalanguage and now being able to develop integrated units of work focusing on grammar.

That I have been able to consolidate my understandings of the basics of English Grammar and are able to apply these to my teaching program.

The program was well-delivered and there was a perfect blend of practical activities and content.

This course is a great way for people to feel more confident about teaching and marking grammar as you can
refer back to your notes about things you are unsure of.

My participation in this course definitely has an effect on my classes as my understanding of new grammar terms is clearer.

More teachers need to do this.

I can not think of a way in which this program could be improved. I thought it was excellent and so useful. I would highly recommend it to any teacher.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

This topic is so very relevant for all teachers not just teachers of English. I will be happy to
recommend this course as essential learning for anyone involved in literacy education. An excellent PD.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

Learning new things about grammar and interesting ways to teach it to my students.

This workshop has given me a great foundation in grammar which I will study in more depth at uni next year

With the national curriculum bringing the focus back on grammar it is important that I understand and can apply it myself. knowing the Metalanguage and gaining confidence in using it.

Providing strategies and resources that I could take into my own classroom. Also taking it down to core aspects of grammar so that I was scaffolded in moving towards greater understanding of grammar.

Being able to communicate grammar concepts to students in a clear and concise manner

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

The knowledge gained about grammar, not only improved my understanding of grammar, but will allow me to teach it to my students more confidently.

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

the program fits the needs of teachers who have to teach grammar when they have never been
taught it.

The course has extensive information and exercises of function of words, phrases and more . I gained a good knowledge of grammatical features .

The activities are something I can use in the future. The rules we learnt are going to assist students in their writing

I can’t see how else this excellent program could be improved.

I am more confident when in front of my class.

Great workshop for English teachers.

The presenter was excellent, and her knowledge was outstanding. A highly informative and engaging PL.

Simple reminders about the basics of English sentence formation and grammar usage was the most useful

It reinforced my knowledge of English grammar and reminded me different terminologies for English grammar

I have a better understanding of why students make certain grammatical errors and I now have the knowledge to communicate with students how to correct them. I will be able to give students useful and detailed feedback on their literacy skills.

The simple fact that my own understanding of grammar has improved dramatically, so I am much better placed to
be able to effectively teach it.

I would recommend this workshop to all teachers no matter how good they may think their grammar is. It is a very useful and hands on, through activities, workshop. Great workshop!

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

The most useful aspect of this program was the increase in my own personal knowledge of
grammar to improve my writing and my ability to teach it to my students.

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

I have a better understanding of why students make certain grammatical errors and I now have the knowledge to communicate with students how to correct them. I will be able to give students useful and detailed feedback on their literacy skills.

With the national curriculum bringing the focus back on grammar it is important that I understand and can apply it myself. knowing the Metalanguage and gaining confidence in using it.

I am more confident when in front of my class.

This course is a great way for people to feel more confident about teaching and marking grammar as you can
refer back to your notes about things you are unsure of.

The presenter was excellent, and her knowledge was outstanding. A highly informative and engaging PL.

The program was well-delivered and there was a perfect blend of practical activities and content.

The simple fact that my own understanding of grammar has improved dramatically, so I am much better placed to
be able to effectively teach it.

I have been able to explain grammar concepts to students more confidently.

This PL has been beneficial to me in my first year of High School teaching as it has allowed me to explore the fundamentals of grammar which is a big focus on writing structures in high school. It has helped me identify strengths and weaknesses in students writing. From this, I have been able to help and extend where necessary. Therefore, responding to students learning needs

The knowledge gained about grammar, not only improved my understanding of grammar, but will allow me to teach it to my students more confidently.

Understanding word types and common errors

Having detailed explicit teaching on grammar and parts of speech. I learnt new information that is needed

the program fits the needs of teachers who have to teach grammar when they have never been
taught it.

Consolidation of grammar rules is helpful in improving my teaching of literacy and also assisting students in improving their writing.

The workshop was designed to up-skill teachers in their understanding and confidence of teaching grammar and
that is exactly what it did

The activities are something I can use in the future. The rules we learnt are going to assist students in their writing

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

I can not think of a way in which this program could be improved. I thought it was excellent and so useful. I would highly recommend it to any teacher.

I can’t see how else this excellent program could be improved.

It was very educating , informing and explained all the grammar parts explicitly which made it easier to understand.

I am better able to understand the mistakes learners make based on the information presented. I am also able to
better correct the students as to why they made those mistakes and how to correct them appropriately.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

Being able to communicate grammar concepts to students in a clear and concise manner

This program provided a great professional learning opportunity to learn, engage and gain helpful tips from highly experienced language teachers. I thoroughly enjoyed this PL.

Great workshop for English teachers.

It was a great program, though a little fast paces at times, but that was because of all the helpful information being presented.

The whole point of the workshop was that it extracted the most important elements of grammar and presented them concretely.

Simple reminders about the basics of English sentence formation and grammar usage was the most useful

The most useful aspects of this program is my working knowledge of grammar basics.

This workshop has given me a great foundation in grammar which I will study in more depth at uni next year

More teachers need to do this.

The ability to explain grammar to students more confidently due to increased knowledge of how to use grammar in ways that is understandable for primary school students.

The way that the program was structured and scaffolded (from the foundational knowledge required through to
the more advanced learning) was incredibly beneficial for me.

The course has extensive information and exercises of function of words, phrases and more . I gained a good knowledge of grammatical features .

Learning new things about grammar and interesting ways to teach it to my students.

it was a PL from which, almost any teacher would take away new or clearer knowledge and understanding.

It will have a great impact on students learning

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

The knowledge gained about grammar, not only improved my understanding of grammar, but will allow me to teach it to my students more confidently.

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

It reinforced my knowledge of English grammar and reminded me different terminologies for English grammar

It has had an effect on student learning as I am m ore confident in explaining the ‘why’ of grammar to students

That I have been able to consolidate my understandings of the basics of English Grammar and are able to apply these to my teaching program.

Providing strategies and resources that I could take into my own classroom. Also taking it down to core aspects of grammar so that I was scaffolded in moving towards greater understanding of grammar.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

Having an understanding of sentence structure and the metalanguage and now being able to develop integrated units of work focusing on grammar.

My participation in this course definitely has an effect on my classes as my understanding of new grammar terms is clearer.

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

This topic is so very relevant for all teachers not just teachers of English. I will be happy to
recommend this course as essential learning for anyone involved in literacy education. An excellent PD.

I believe the whole program was useful, it’s very difficult to separate one part from another, students of all ages will benefit from such a program.

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

The ability to explain grammar to students more confidently due to increased knowledge of how to use grammar in ways that is understandable for primary school students.

The knowledge gained about grammar, not only improved my understanding of grammar, but will allow me to teach it to my students more confidently.

the program fits the needs of teachers who have to teach grammar when they have never been
taught it.

This program provided a great professional learning opportunity to learn, engage and gain helpful tips from highly experienced language teachers. I thoroughly enjoyed this PL.

The way that the program was structured and scaffolded (from the foundational knowledge required through to
the more advanced learning) was incredibly beneficial for me.

The most useful aspects of this program is my working knowledge of grammar basics.

The workshop was designed to up-skill teachers in their understanding and confidence of teaching grammar and
that is exactly what it did

I have a better understanding of why students make certain grammatical errors and I now have the knowledge to communicate with students how to correct them. I will be able to give students useful and detailed feedback on their literacy skills.

The most useful aspect of this program was the increase in my own personal knowledge of
grammar to improve my writing and my ability to teach it to my students.

I am more confident when in front of my class.

That I have been able to consolidate my understandings of the basics of English Grammar and are able to apply these to my teaching program.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

This PL has been beneficial to me in my first year of High School teaching as it has allowed me to explore the fundamentals of grammar which is a big focus on writing structures in high school. It has helped me identify strengths and weaknesses in students writing. From this, I have been able to help and extend where necessary. Therefore, responding to students learning needs

The whole point of the workshop was that it extracted the most important elements of grammar and presented them concretely.

This course is a great way for people to feel more confident about teaching and marking grammar as you can
refer back to your notes about things you are unsure of.

Understanding word types and common errors

The presenter was excellent, and her knowledge was outstanding. A highly informative and engaging PL.

The activities are something I can use in the future. The rules we learnt are going to assist students in their writing

Consolidation of grammar rules is helpful in improving my teaching of literacy and also assisting students in improving their writing.

It was a great program, though a little fast paces at times, but that was because of all the helpful information being presented.

More teachers need to do this.

I have been able to explain grammar concepts to students more confidently.

Learning new things about grammar and interesting ways to teach it to my students.

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

The simple fact that my own understanding of grammar has improved dramatically, so I am much better placed to
be able to effectively teach it.

It has had an effect on student learning as I am m ore confident in explaining the ‘why’ of grammar to students

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

Great workshop for English teachers.

I can’t see how else this excellent program could be improved.

The course has extensive information and exercises of function of words, phrases and more . I gained a good knowledge of grammatical features .

The program was well-delivered and there was a perfect blend of practical activities and content.

Providing strategies and resources that I could take into my own classroom. Also taking it down to core aspects of grammar so that I was scaffolded in moving towards greater understanding of grammar.

It will have a great impact on students learning

The knowledge gained about grammar, not only improved my understanding of grammar, but will allow me to teach it to my students more confidently.

It reinforced my knowledge of English grammar and reminded me different terminologies for English grammar

My participation in this course definitely has an effect on my classes as my understanding of new grammar terms is clearer.

I can not think of a way in which this program could be improved. I thought it was excellent and so useful. I would highly recommend it to any teacher.

With the national curriculum bringing the focus back on grammar it is important that I understand and can apply it myself. knowing the Metalanguage and gaining confidence in using it.

it was a PL from which, almost any teacher would take away new or clearer knowledge and understanding.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

I believe the whole program was useful, it’s very difficult to separate one part from another, students of all ages will benefit from such a program.

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

This topic is so very relevant for all teachers not just teachers of English. I will be happy to
recommend this course as essential learning for anyone involved in literacy education. An excellent PD.

Simple reminders about the basics of English sentence formation and grammar usage was the most useful

I am better able to understand the mistakes learners make based on the information presented. I am also able to
better correct the students as to why they made those mistakes and how to correct them appropriately.

It was very educating , informing and explained all the grammar parts explicitly which made it easier to understand.

Being able to communicate grammar concepts to students in a clear and concise manner

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

This workshop has given me a great foundation in grammar which I will study in more depth at uni next year

Having detailed explicit teaching on grammar and parts of speech. I learnt new information that is needed

Having an understanding of sentence structure and the metalanguage and now being able to develop integrated units of work focusing on grammar.

I would recommend this workshop to all teachers no matter how good they may think their grammar is. It is a very useful and hands on, through activities, workshop. Great workshop!

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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