Grammar for TESOL teachers: Expert professional development and tailored enrolment packages

Grammar for TESOL Teachers is a self-paced, online professional development course suitable for AMEP or ELICOS teachers of adult students, as well as language teachers in schools wanting to improve or revise their grammar knowledge.

TESOL teachers and adult education institutions love that our course is relevant, interactive and can support a range of PD formats, including individual self-paced and group sessions.

Why provide grammar PD options for your teaching team?

Our experience suggests that TESOL teachers love opportunities for professional development. Our customers are motivated to take our course for a variety of reasons, including:

⊛ having a keen interest in refreshing their subject knowledge.
⊛ feeling like they received only brief grammar instruction at university and/or schooling.
⊛ being new to the TESOL profession.
⊛ feeling unconfident teaching grammar in the classroom.

Course overview

This self-paced, online course is organised into a series of mini lessons, allowing you to stop and start at any time. There are many interactive activities to give you lots of chances to practice and refine your knowledge.

Grammar Basics Workshop will cover the following:

⊛ parts of speech/word classes – nouns, verbs, determiners etc.
⊛ verb systems – main/auxiliary, finite/non-finite, transitive/intransitive
⊛ tense and aspect (perfect & continuous) and how these work together
⊛ creating meaning in the past, present and future
⊛ phrasal verbs
⊛ word groups/phrases
⊛ clauses
⊛ sentence types– simple, compound, complex
⊛ grammatical function – subject, object, complement, adverbial
⊛ active and passive sentences
⊛ activities to help you consolidate your knowledge

Our course helps teachers to:

⊛ understand the fundamentals of English grammar at word and sentence level
⊛ develop confidence in using grammatical terminology or metalanguage
⊛ be able to answer those tricky grammar questions your students ask
⊛ identify errors more easily and apply this knowledge to your teaching
⊛ use grammar knowledge to help improve students’ language development
⊛ understand that ‘meaning’ is embedded in different grammatical structures

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 institutional licences make PD straightforward and flexible

We understand that every adult education institution is a bit different. This self-paced course is adaptable to a variety of PD needs, including both individual self-led learning and group learning. Our licences are suitable for all TAFES and other adult learning facilities around Australia. Your institution might like to:

⊛ Invite teachers to complete our course at their own pace (asynchronously).
⊛ Organise a group PD.
⊛ 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. School licences are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

How to enrol teachers

You 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. If you have other enrolment needs, please get in touch with us. We are happy to tailor an enrolment package to suit you.

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Read what hundreds of teachers have said about our course:

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

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

Great, very logical.

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 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

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

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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

More teachers need to do this.

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.

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.

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

I have a better understanding of grammar and I have embedded more into other tasks.

It will have a great impact on students learning

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

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

I absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

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.

Nicely self paced structure.

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.

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

Good refresher for Grammar

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

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.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

This course was a great course to further understand grammatical features in 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 knowledge gained about grammar, not only improved my understanding of grammar, but will allow me to teach it to my students more confidently.

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

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

Understanding word types and common errors

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 definitely had a better understanding of the fundamentals of grammar.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

NAPLAN and I am sure this course will have practical implications.

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

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

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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.

Great workshop for English teachers.

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

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

The most useful aspect for me was the explanation of more challenging grammar/grammatical rules. This was the reason that I undertook this course, as s was the reason that I undertook this course, as I feel that I did not have sufficient time in my university course and in school-based professional I feel that I did not have sufficient time in my university course and in school-based professional learning to address grammar.

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

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

Good refresher for Grammar

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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 am more confident when in front of my class.

Understanding word types and common errors

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

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

I have a better understanding of grammar and I have embedded more into other tasks.

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

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

More teachers need to do this.

NAPLAN and I am sure this course will have practical implications.

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

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

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

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

Informative and indepth course.

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

It will have a great impact on students learning

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.

Great, very logical.

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

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

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

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

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

Great workshop for English teachers.

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

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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

I definitely had a better understanding of the fundamentals of grammar.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

Nicely self paced structure.

The most useful aspect for me was the explanation of more challenging grammar/grammatical rules. This was the reason that I undertook this course, as s was the reason that I undertook this course, as I feel that I did not have sufficient time in my university course and in school-based professional I feel that I did not have sufficient time in my university course and in school-based professional learning to address grammar.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

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 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 absolutely loved the program and learnt so much from Margaret

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

NAPLAN and I am sure this course will have practical implications.

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

Very impressive workshop that addressed areas I wanted to improve.

I loved this PL and found it very useful.

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

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

Having an understanding of sentence structure and the metalanguage and now being able to develop integrated units of work focusing on 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 was a great refresher and I enjoyed going through these grammatical concepts in depth.

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.

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

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

It will have a great impact on students learning

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.

More teachers need to do this.

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.

Understanding word types and common errors

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

I am more confident when in front of my class.

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 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.

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

Very comprehensive overview of grammar features; very knowledgeable presenter.

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

it was great and enthusiastically presented.

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 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

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

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

An excellent presenter helped my learning.

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, very logical.

Highly encourage teachers to do this course.

I definitely had a better understanding of the fundamentals of grammar.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

The most useful aspect for me was the explanation of more challenging grammar/grammatical rules. This was the reason that I undertook this course, as s was the reason that I undertook this course, as I feel that I did not have sufficient time in my university course and in school-based professional I feel that I did not have sufficient time in my university course and in school-based professional learning to address grammar.

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

Learning and reassuring myself of various components of grammar.

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.

Great provider of training. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.

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

Good refresher for Grammar

I have a better understanding of grammar and I have embedded more into other tasks.

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

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

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

Nicely self paced structure.

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

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 workshop for English teachers.

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

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