Grammar 1: Phrasal Structures


Nancy Ackles, PhD, Linguistics


2 February - 1 March 2015 SOLD OUT!
13 July - 9 August 2015
(Note: This course will run concurrently with Grammar 2. Multiclause Structures in July of 2015.)

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who needs help developing the metalinguistic competence necessary to discuss grammar in the classroom.


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More About This Course

Do you feel confident discussing grammar? If not, TESOL has two online courses to help you develop the metalinguistic competence--and confidence--necessary to discuss grammar in the classroom. The course is on phrasal structures, and the other is on multiclause structures.

This course, which can be taken in any order with Grammar 2, is not about how to teach grammar because how you teach grammar depends very much on your students and the goals of your program. However, the course does suggest principles to keep in mind when planning grammar instruction. You will also prepare plans for grammar teaching activities and share them with the rest of the class so that everyone develops a bigger bag of tricks to use in their own teaching.

What Will I Learn?

Participants will learn how to
  • define the basic grammatical terms used in most grammar textbooks.
  • identify grammatical structures within sentences.
  • explain the structure of noun phrases, the structure of verb phrases, and the functions of the English verb tenses.
  • form your own educated opinion on the place of formal grammar instruction in language teaching.
  • locate resources (online and in print) to support your future teaching of grammar.
  • write teaching plans for grammar points.
  • incorporate communicative practice into your teaching plans.

About the Instructor

Nancy Ackles has a doctorate in linguistics and 30 years of experience teaching English language learners. She has taught linguistics in MATESOL degree programs, presents frequently at TESOL, and is the author of The Grammar Guide, published by University of Michigan Press.