[Press and Publications] Aspects of Grammar for Writing [Education]

February 2001

No 21

University of Leicester School of Education conference

The successful series of conferences run by the University of Leicester School of Education on ‘Sharing Good Practice’ in literacy and learning continues on 3 March 2001 with ASPECTS OF GRAMMAR FOR WRITING.

The extended half day conference is of great current interest and will be helpful for teachers of students at all levels (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary). It will be especially helpful for teachers of students with English as an additional language and for teaching or assisting dyslexic learners.

The main speaker is Sue Palmer who is well known as a writer, teacher and education adviser. She has contributed substantially to the Government’s teacher training package on GRAMMAR FOR WRITING. She is keenly aware of the challenge facing those teachers who may have had limited formal training in grammar during their own school and initial teacher training years and who may feel insecure about their own knowledge about grammar. She appreciates their need for a means of rapidly gaining knowledge and confidence to explain to the pupils how grammar actually works.

Sue’s conference presentation will thus address the underlying issues relating to why we need to make grammar explicit, how the language process works and how teachers’ and students’ understanding of grammar can help overcome problems with spoken and written language.

Her focus is on the practical implications for teachers of understanding the ways in which spoken and written language patterns differ and how the understanding of grammar can contribute to teaching and learning about the spoken and written forms of language for both monolingual and multilingual learners.

While Sue’s emphasis will be on national developments and will offer conference delegates practical and effective teaching strategies, Gordon Askew, Regional Director of Continuing Professional Development for the National Literacy Strategy will speak about the ways in which Regional support for teachers is extending understanding and expertise in teaching aspects of literacy and, in particular, aspects of grammar for writing.

Elaine Miles, an internationally respected specialist in language and dyslexia from the University of Bangor, will provide further dimensions of insight and support for teachers to assist their students who may have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and who may encounter problems with written English.

Workshops will be offered by Elaine Miles, and local specialist teachers, Fiona Hossack, Maureen Hardy and Rekha Singh. Fiona will provide practical ideas for literacy learning through games and Rekha and Maureen will offer practical ideas for teaching students with English as an additional language. The conference, ASPECTS OF GRAMMAR FOR WRITING, will take place in the Fraser Noble Hall School of Education at the University of Leicester on Saturday 3rd March, 9 am - 2.15 pm.

The cost to University students is £15 and to teacher delegates £50 (£40 for members of the UKRA (Reading Association), British Dyslexia Association and NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs). Applications should be made to the University of Leicester School of Education Tel: 0116 252 3688. Cheques should be made payable to AHA Conference account.

Note to editors: Further details are available from Reception, University of Leicester School of Education, telephone 0116 252 3688, CPD Office 0116 252 3669, or from Morag Hunter-Carsch 0116 252 3703, email cmh16@leicester.ac.uk

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