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This subject is a systematic examination of the major elements of English grammar using principles of linguistic analysis. The subject is delivered through a ‘blended learning’ approach, with a mixture of online and intensive on-campus teaching modes, and extensive resources, including video interviews with prominent experts in the field and texts drawn from a range of contexts of use. Participants gain a detailed understanding of the grammatical knowledge, metalanguage, and role of grammar in language use required to effectively teach the English Language components of the F-10 National and Victorian Curricula and VCE English Language in Victoria. Links are made between the requirements of the F-10 and VCE English Language curricula, classroom practice and teaching resources, and current Linguistic and Applied Linguistic research and scholarship on the grammar of the English Language. Topics include: a brief introduction to the phonetics and phonology of English; word structure and word creation processes; the parts of speech; deixis and pronoun use; the structure of basic clauses; clause types; information packaging and thematic variation; clause combining; and grammatical coherence and cohesion in texts.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed an advanced understanding of the grammatical knowledge required to teach the English Language components of the F-10 or VCE English Language curricula;
- have acquired a comprehensive understanding of and ability to use the metalanguage and terminology needed to effectively teach the F-10 or VCE English Language curricula;
- have built on their existing knowledge to gain additional expertise in the analysis of texts and identification of specific types of grammatical phenomena;
- have the ability to critically evaluate English Language teaching resources in the light of evidence from research and scholarship; and
- have developed their skills in construction and preparation of classroom materials for the teaching of English Language.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to direct their own learning, and continue to develop their professional practice;
- understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of evidence from research; and scholarship;
- be able to critically evaluate oral and written material relevant to their teaching practice;
- be able to undertake analysis and problem solving tasks;
- demonstrate the ability, as skilled communicators, to effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of change; and
- have demonstrated their ability to work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation.
Last updated: 12 November 2022