How language works
Each area of the curriculum has language structures and vocabulary particular to its learning domain, and these are best taught in the context in which they are used; hence, all teachers are responsible for teaching the language and cultural understandings of their learning areas.
Mainstream literacy strategies alone are insufficient for EAL learners because they work on the premise that students can already speak and understand English; therefore ……
It is the job of the teacher to make English language knowledge visible to their EALD learners. Misty Adoniou (Oct, 2015)
Teaching knowledge about language in schools
Watch this 17 minute video in which Sally Humphrey and Beverly Derewianka describe the growth and development of teaching knowledge about language in schools.
What is genre and why do you need to know about it? This article provides an explanation about the role of genre and language in learning.
Learn more about verbs with this interactive Verbs and Verbs Groups e-learning module.
Learn more about compound sentences.
Learn more about complex sentences using subordinating conjunctions.
Composing Written Texts
Composing Written Texts F-6 provides analysed and annotated model texts and strategies for teaching the relevant language features. Download the order form .
Composing Written Science Texts 7-10 is a resource to support teachers of Science and STEM in designing and embedding the text structures and grammar of Science writing into Science learning. Download the same order form or order online from the AATE Bookshop.
Other language teaching resources
Explicit teaching strategies aligned with the Language and Literacy Levels. It is recommended that these strategies are used within a contextualised scaffolding/ gradual release teaching and learning cycle in order to achieve the language learning goals that have been identified for the student based on their assessed language level.
CyberGrammar, designed by Professor Debra Myhill, University of Exeter, to support and develop knowledge of grammar and indicate its relevance in the classroom.
Lists of texts and visual resources that lend themselves to teaching specific language features such as foregrounding, noun groups, sentences, circumstances, verb groups etc.
- Functional grammar Glossary from Language and Literacy Levels across the Australian Curriculum: EALD students
- Glossary from the Learning English: Achievement and Proficiency (LEAP) Levels
- Australian Curriculum English Glossary
Visual grammar – In his book, The shape of text to come: how image and text work, Jon Callow describes a metalanguage, aligned with functional grammar to explicitly teach how visual and multimodal texts function.
Visit the page on supporting oral language development.
What comments or questions might you have about how language (grammar) works?