Teaching Grammar: A guide for the National Curriculum

by Richard Hudson (1992, Blackwell)

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A book for school teachers about grammar – what it is, why it should be taught at school, and some suggestions for things to teach. Plus a little `encyclopedia of grammar’. Now out of print, but I’ve scanned the parts that are highlighted and linked below. If you’d like to see more, tell me what and I’ll scan it.

Contents

Introductory material

  • Editor’s foreword
  • Preface i
  • Notation 2

Part I Background

1 English teaching

  • The state of grammar in schools 3
  • The National Curriculum for English 5
  • Discovery-learning and the National Curriculum 8

2 What grammarians do

  • Who are the grammarians? 15
  • What is grammar? 2I
  • Some basic principles 28
  • Some achievements of grammarians 34

3 What is Standard English?

  • Standard English as a dialect 39
  • How to teach the standard dialect 43
  • The distinctive characteristics of the standard dialect 48
  • Standard English as a collection of registers 49
  • Conclusion 55

Part II Some grammar lessons

  • Level1: Inflections and dictionary-words 61
  • Level2: Ambiguity 73
  • Level3: Tense 88
  • Level4: Phrases and the apostrophe 104
  • Level5: Vocabulary and style 116
  • Level6: Subjects, verbs and dialects 125
  • Level7: Purposes and indirectness 136
  • Level8: Presuppositions 147
  • Level9: Passives 155
  • Level10: End-weight and readability167

Part III Aims and means

4 Why teach grammar? 181

5  Some non-standard dialect features 189

6 Useful books 197

Part IV An encyclopedia of grammar 205

 

Part V Appendix: Grammar in the National Curriculum

  • The National Curriculum for English 263
  • Grammar in the National Curriculum 266

References 280

Index 284

 

 

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