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Grammar Basics Workshop

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

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.

Our school licences are powered by an efficient PD/PL management platform. Coordinating and monitoring PD sessions or asynchronous PD has never been so easy!

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

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Schools can initiate teachers’ enrolment simply by entering names and email addresses into our straightforward learning management system.

About our school licences:

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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, and school leaders can monitor the progress of their team if desired.

INDIVIDUAL SELF-PACED LEARNING

A GROUP PD SESSION

COURSE OVERVIEW:
The course is designed for primary and secondary teachers Australia-wide who want to increase their knowledge of grammar. The course has been tailored to help teachers understand the key components of English grammar as documented in the Australian Curriculum: English under Sentences and Clause-level grammar and Word-level grammar.

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.

Interested in grammar in context? At Grammar Train we understand the importance of teaching grammar in the context of rich texts. Our research and experience show that a solid understanding of sentence-level grammar equips teachers to more effectively teach grammar in context.

Grammar Basics Workshop helps teachers to:

  • understand the fundamentals of English grammar as outlined in the Australian Curriculum
  • 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
  • understand the needs of students from diverse linguistic backgrounds

This accredited/elective course supports schools to:

  • achieve their literacy goals
  • provide teachers with vital knowledge their teacher training/schooling did not provide
  • produce consistent, accurate, clear student reports and other communications
  • champion confident, knowledgeable and effective literacy-focused teaching teams
  • improve NAPLAN results

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.

Read what hundreds of teachers have said about Grammar Basics:

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

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 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.

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

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

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

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

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

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.

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 absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

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.

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

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.

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

Understanding word types and common errors

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

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

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.

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

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.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

It will have a great impact on students learning

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

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

Great workshop for English teachers.

More teachers need to do this.

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 more confident when in front of my class.

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

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.

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!

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

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

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

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 .

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

It will have a great impact on students learning

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 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.

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

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.

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

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

More teachers need to do this.

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

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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.

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

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

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

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

Great workshop for English teachers.

Understanding word types and common errors

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

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

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

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

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

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

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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 absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

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.

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 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.

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

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

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

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

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

More teachers need to do this.

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

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

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

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.

It will have a great impact on students learning

Understanding word types and common errors

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

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.

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

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

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 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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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.

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

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

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

Great workshop for English teachers.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

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 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.

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