On Friday, February 26, Bordesley Green Girls’ School is hosting an Educational Conference focussing on CPD at primary and secondary level where CLaRA member Prof Urszula Clark will be the keynote speaker and will also present a session and a workshop on Language Based Pedagogy.
For more detailed information about the programme, please go to the website.
This year CLERA’s Dr Fiona Copland took part in the OUP debate at IATEFL. The motion was: This house believes that teaching English to primary school children does more harm than good. Fiona spoke for the motion and Janet Enever spoke against. You can watch the debate here.
Due to last year’s success, another CPD workshop called ‘Teaching Grammar through Reading at Key Stage 2’ workshop was held on Wednesday 9th April 2014. The workshop was run by Dr Urszula Clark who is a Reader in English at Aston University. She also has many years’ experience in teaching English grammar.
The aim of this event was to help Primary school teachers prepare their pupils for the Key Stage 2 Grammar test that will be taken by year 6 pupils across the country in May.Through practical, group-based exercises, this workshop focused on how to teach pupils the ways in which verbs or processes represent experiences in fiction and contribute to the representation of character.
Delegates from seven different schools in the West Midlands and two university lecturers attended the workshop. One teacher said, ‘I’ve gained a better understanding of how I need to help KS2 students’ progress to KS3!’ Another teacher commented on how the session made her revisit her previous grammar and look at sentences in more detail.
Many thanks go to Dr Urszula Clark for making this workshop such a great success.