EMC CPD Online: Teaching Grammar in Context at KS3

Research suggests that well-taught contextualised approaches to grammar have a positive impact on students’ reading and writing attainment; decontextualized approaches do not. But what exactly do we mean by ‘grammar in context’ and how can it be taught effectively? This course looks to provide answers to these questions and focuses on the following:

  • Strategies to develop grammar awareness
  • Ways to embed the language of grammar into your classroom
  • Developing students’ confidence with sentences.

Further details

Attendees will receive a voucher for 10% off single copies of EMC’s The Language Laboratory.


After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation and any resources used on the course.

Course tutors: Dan Clayton & Andrew McCallum

Dan Clayton is an education consultant at the EMC, a teacher of A level English for 20 years and author/editor of many books for A Level English Language. He tweets about language from @EngLangBlog.

Andrew McCallum is Director of the English and Media Centre. Prior to that he ran a PGCE course in secondary English, and previously he taught for 15 years in London schools, spending most of that time at Acland Burghley School in Camden. He holds a doctorate in education, is author of Creativity and Learning in Secondary English (Routledge) and writes regularly for NATE's Teaching English magazine. If asked to name the EMC publication he's most proud of having worked on, it would be a three-way contest between Literary ShortsDiverse Shorts and Write On

How to book your place

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  • Payment by invoice is not available for this session. Please note: your fee is non-refundable.
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Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 2nd October, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.


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