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.

Teachers and schools love that our course is relevant, interactive and can support a range of PD formats, including individual self-paced and group sessions.

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

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 and the NSW 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 and the NSW 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.

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. Schools around Australia complete our course in a variety of formats. Schools like to:

⊛ Invite teachers to complete our course at their own pace (asynchronously).
⊛ Organise a group PD during a regular PD/PL period.
⊛ Use a combination of individual self-paced and group arrangements based on availability.

We are also happy to adapt to your circumstances. Please contact us to learn more about how our course can work for you.

Note that 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.

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.

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 our Grammar Basics Workshop:

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

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.

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 was a great refresher and I enjoyed going through these grammatical concepts in depth.

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.

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

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.

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

I found it very useful, and informative. it has certainly made me a better teacher.

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.

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

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

Informative and indepth course.

I enjoyed the course and found it useful. It went through some of the finer points of grammar, which assisted me in consolidating my knowledge. I have long felt that the English teaching subjects that I completed at university as part of my Master of Teaching course did not provide enough time to delve deeply into the aspects of English/English teaching due to the duration of the course. I therefore feel that completing this course has helped me to ‘shore up’ my own knowledge as an educator.

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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

This course was informative and the activities linked well to what was being spoken about.

It will have a great impact on students learning

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

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

I enjoyed doing and re-doing the quizzes to test my knowledge. Learning through clearly explained examples helps me.

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

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.

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 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 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 loved this PL and found it very useful.

More teachers need to do this.

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.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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

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

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

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

Great workshop for English teachers.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

I thought this course was fabulous. I already know quite a lot about grammar but the course really clarified some things 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.

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.

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 .

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

This course was a great course to further understand grammatical features in writing.

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

Great, very logical.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Understanding word types and common errors

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

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

Good refresher for Grammar

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

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 workshop for English teachers.

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

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

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

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

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

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

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

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

It will have a great impact on students learning

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

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

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 was a great refresher and I enjoyed going through these grammatical concepts in depth.

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 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.

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

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.

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

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 enjoyed the course and found it useful. It went through some of the finer points of grammar, which assisted me in consolidating my knowledge. I have long felt that the English teaching subjects that I completed at university as part of my Master of Teaching course did not provide enough time to delve deeply into the aspects of English/English teaching due to the duration of the course. I therefore feel that completing this course has helped me to ‘shore up’ my own knowledge as an educator.

Good refresher for Grammar

Great, very logical.

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.

Understanding word types and common errors

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!

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

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

I enjoyed doing and re-doing the quizzes to test my knowledge. Learning through clearly explained examples helps me.

I thought this course was fabulous. I already know quite a lot about grammar but the course really clarified some things for me.

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

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

Informative and indepth course.

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

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

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 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 was informative and the activities linked well to what was being spoken about.

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

I found it very useful, and informative. it has certainly made me a better teacher.

This course was a great course to further understand grammatical features in 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 presenter was excellent, and her knowledge was outstanding. A highly informative and engaging PL.

Good refresher for Grammar

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

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 enjoyed the course and found it useful. It went through some of the finer points of grammar, which assisted me in consolidating my knowledge. I have long felt that the English teaching subjects that I completed at university as part of my Master of Teaching course did not provide enough time to delve deeply into the aspects of English/English teaching due to the duration of the course. I therefore feel that completing this course has helped me to ‘shore up’ my own knowledge as an educator.

Great workshop for English teachers.

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

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

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very 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.

I enjoyed doing and re-doing the quizzes to test my knowledge. Learning through clearly explained examples helps me.

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

This course was a great course to further understand grammatical features in writing.

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.

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

Learning new things about grammar and interesting ways to teach it to my 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 was well-delivered and there was a perfect blend of practical activities and content.

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

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.

More teachers need to do this.

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

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.

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

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, very logical.

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

This course was informative and the activities linked well to what was being spoken about.

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

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

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

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 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.

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 thought this course was fabulous. I already know quite a lot about grammar but the course really clarified some things 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.

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

I found it very useful, and informative. it has certainly made me a better teacher.

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.

Informative and indepth course.

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 a great refresher and I enjoyed going through these grammatical concepts in depth.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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.

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

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 great and enthusiastically presented.

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

Understanding word types and common errors

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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

It will have a great impact on students learning

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.

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

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

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