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ERIC Number: EJ865066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
Rhetorical Grammar and the Grammar of Schooling: Teaching Powerful Verbs in the English National Literacy Strategy
Lefstein, Adam
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v20 n4 p378-400 Dec 2009
This article traces the trajectory of educational ideas through policy, curricular materials and enactment in the classroom. Specifically, I examine current English policy regarding the teaching of grammar in primary schools, and its enactment in a Year 3 (8-year olds) literacy lesson. While the policy advances a broadly rhetorical approach to grammar and its instruction, the enacted lesson retains a number of features characteristic of the formal, rule-based grammar instruction this policy seeks to replace. I discuss possible explanations for this outcome, and implications for language education policy. Among other issues, I argue that rhetorical grammar teaching has been thwarted by the "grammars" of schooling and educational accountability. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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