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ERIC Number: EJ999662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Searching for Ways with Grammar: Reflections on Keynotes by Debra Myhill and Wayne Sawyer
Evans, Jenni
English in Australia, v47 n3 p39-40 Dec 2012
In this article, the author reflects on keynotes by Debra Myhill and Wayne Sawyer in a search for ways with grammar. One of the keynote speakers, Debra Myhill, shared her research into teaching grammar that she had conducted in the UK. Myhill had asked a sample of teachers to follow a specified unit plan and had conducted pre- and post-testing to see the effect on students' writing. The key to Myhill's successful lesson plans was the way that grammar was taught in context. It was based on the texts students were already studying and explicitly taught not only the metalanguage but also the reasons for using it. The day after the author's encounter with Myhill's research, Wayne Sawyer took up the same topic in his keynote, "Writing in the Nation." Reflecting on Myhill's research, Sawyer expressed concerns that the language content descriptions in the Draft Australian Curriculum are written more as a list of topics to cover rather than the application of the knowledge. This may lead teachers to merely teach the metalanguage which, proven by Myhill's research, is not going to have a positive impact on their students' writing. Sawyer emphasised the importance of looking at the grammar teaching history to inform educators in their future implementation of the national curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia