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Grammar Basics Workshop: Enrol your school at a fraction of the cost

Grammar Basics Workshop is a self-paced, online professional development course for primary and secondary teachers around Australia. Our course improves teachers’ knowledge of grammar and their ability to support students’ literacy.

Learn more: Why enrol your teaching team in a grammar PD?

Research supports a strong case for grammar PD – read why teachers need it. Grammar Basics Workshop has supported hundreds of teachers and schools around Australia to:

  • use effective practices to improve student literacy outcomes
  • improve NAPLAN results
  • provide teachers with vital knowledge their teacher training/schooling did not provide
  • champion confident, knowledgeable and effective literacy-focused teaching teams
Learn more: Course overview

The course is designed for both primary and secondary teachers Australia-wide who want to increase their knowledge of grammar and their ability to support students’ literacy. The course has been been particularly tailored to help you understand the key components of English grammar as documented in the Australian Curriculum (F-10) and the NSW K-6 Syllabus.

This self-paced, online course is organised into a series of mini lessons to help teachers learn grammar step-by-step. The course includes many interactive activities to give teachers lots of chances to practice and refine their new knowledge.

Grammar Basics Workshop 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

Grammar Basics Workshop helps teachers to:

  • understand the fundamentals of English grammar as outlined in the documented in the Australian Curriculum (F-10) and the NSW K-6 Syllabus
  • develop confidence in using grammatical terminology
  • analyse the grammar of texts, identify errors and apply this knowledge to their teaching
  • use grammar to improve students’ literacy skills
  • gain classroom-ready grammar teaching strategies, skills and resources
  • understand the needs of students from diverse linguistic backgrounds

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 Australian universities.

Learn more: Our school licences make PD straightforward and flexible

We understand that every school is different. This self-paced course is adaptable to a variety of PD needs, including 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).
  • Complete in a group setting during a regular PD/PL period.
  • Use another PD format. Please contact us to learn more about how our course can work for you.
INDIVIDUAL SELF-PACED LEARNING

A GROUP PD SESSION

Our course can be paused and re-commenced according to your needs, and school leaders can monitor the progress of their team if desired. Current school licences are valid until 31/12/22.

Learn more: NESA & TQI Accreditation

NSW accreditation: Completing Grammar Basics Workshop will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2, 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

ACT accreditation: 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.

Learn more: How to enrol teachers

Schools can initiate teachers’ enrolment by simply entering names and email addresses into our straightforward learning management system. Teachers will automatically receive login details.

We are also happy to manually enrol your teachers – just let us know what suits you!

Packages for 10 teachers, 20 teachers, and whole schools are available through this page.

Read what hundreds of teachers have said about Grammar Basics:

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

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.

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

Understanding word types and common errors

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

More teachers need to do this.

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

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 will have a great impact on students learning

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

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

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

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

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

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

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.

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

Great workshop for English teachers.

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

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

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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.

It reinforced my knowledge of English grammar and reminded me different terminologies for English 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 simple fact that my own understanding of grammar has improved dramatically, so I am much better placed to
be able to effectively teach it.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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

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!

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 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 .

Great workshop for English teachers.

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

It will have a great impact on students learning

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

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.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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.

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 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.

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

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

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.

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.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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.

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

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

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

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

Understanding word types and common errors

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

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

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

More teachers need to do this.

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 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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

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.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

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

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

Understanding word types and common errors

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

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

It will have a great impact on students learning

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

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.

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

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

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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

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

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

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.

Great workshop for English teachers.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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

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.

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

More teachers need to do this.

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

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

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

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

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.

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