Lecturer copy Trainee teachers often seek examples of effective teaching of grammar in primary schools. As many teachers themselves express a lack of confidence in their own knowledge of grammar, where do trainees find exemplar lessons? This book provides them. It takes exemplar lessons and offers them alongside a detailed exploration of what makes them good, and the theory behind them. The text encourages trainees to consider the teaching of grammar critically and to envisage how they can shape lessons for their own teaching. In starting with teaching then exploring theory, the text mirrors how many trainees will learn.

What is Grammar?

What is grammar?

Learning Outcomes

The way that language is organised and structured, and how it can be utilised and manipulated to create meaning and aid communication, is a fascinating area of study in its own right. Much of the preparation for teaching deals with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed by children in order to apply these to their speech and writing; however, in order to understand truly the purpose for teaching explicit grammar skills in context, it is helpful for the teacher to have an awareness of the rich linguistic history of the English language.

This chapter will allow you to achieve the following outcomes:

  • understand what grammar is and what it entails;
  • understand how the historical context of the UK affected the development ...
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