This is just a quick plug for a course we're putting on at UCL for teachers of English (primarily...others would be welcome too). It's called the Glamour of Grammar and it's all about grammar, obviously.
More details can be found here on the workshop's webpage.
The Glamour of Grammar - Thursday 8th July 2010
Grammar is seen by some as a set of dreary rules, by others as hoops to jump through on the way to assessing pupils’ progress in English and by many others as something that is joyless and difficult. We hope to show you that while describing it as “glamorous” might be pushing it a bit, grammar can open up different ways of thinking about language, give you new approaches to teaching and equip your students with analytical and problem-solving tools that can help in all sorts of ways.
The day is designed to offer teachers of key stages 3-5:
· sessions which will consolidate your own knowledge of grammar
· resources that can be used with classes from year 9 to A level
· ideas and practical approaches to teaching spoken language
· examples of investigative approaches to language study
· illustrations of actual language usage, drawn from the ICE-GB corpus