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Mission Improbable:: Making grammar relevant to secondary English teaching

Dan Clayton (UCL) looks at the place of grammar teaching in secondary and A level English teaching.

The history of grammar teaching in the English education system has been a vexed one: it's either been too prescriptive, too dry and too dull, or it's been totally discarded in favour of an anything goes, let-it-all-hang-out approach that foregrounds personal responses over close, detailed analysis. Now, thirty (ish) years on from grammar pretty much disappearing from secondary English teaching, it's undergoing something of a revival. But is it a return to the traditional grammar teaching of the past, or a new approach that will actually have some use? In this session, I'll have a look at the place of grammar teaching in secondary and A level English teaching and move on to look at some of the new approaches to grammar that are being tried out in a number of schools.


Dan Clayton | talks | www


Date and Time:

24 January 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



English, Middlesex University
The Burroughs
+44 20 84 11 65 55

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