Grammar in New Zealand schools: Two case studies

Gordon, Elizabeth
December 2005
English Teaching: Practice & Critique (University of Waikato);Dec2005, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p48
Academic Journal
This paper describes two attempts to introduce grammar teaching into New Zealand schools. The first case study describes the work of the 6th and 7th form English Syllabus Committee in the 1980s which proposed the uniquely New Zealand solution of using examples from Mãori as well as from English to demonstrate grammatical points. The response to this proposal shows the powerful influence of the social and political context of the time. The second case study is the Exploring Language project, a government funded initiative in the 1990s, designed to teach teachers about grammar. The objectives and processes involved in writing grammar for teachers are described and questions are raised about assessing the impact of such an initiative and its sustainability once government funding ceases.


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