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Grammar for TESOL (redirected from Teaching ESL Grammar)

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Session Title:  Grammar for TESOL 



Grammar for TESOL aims to provide some general theoretical and practical knowledge of grammar as well as some suggested tasks for beginner and experienced TESOL teachers to apply their understanding of that knowledge as they prepare for more interactive grammar lessons.

Target audience: Beginner and experienced TESOL teachers  

Session objectives: By the end of this session, participants will have:

  • reflected on and shared their beliefs about learning and teaching grammar 
  • acquired some foundational theoretical knowledge related to grammar and pedagogical grammar through interactive content
  • applied their understanding of this knowledge through creating a grammar-focused lesson plan or activity using online tools
  • practiced grammar-related error correction and feedback on sample student work 
  • set professional development goals related to what was covered in the session 


During Week 1: Jan, 11-18 2020 (Orientation and Introductions), you will:

1. get acquainted with other participants and session moderators as well as the online platform and tools used for this session.

2. answer a short quiz on Netiquette

3. choose a metaphor for teaching grammar and explain your choice. "Grammar is ...."

4. answer an online survey on some more specific aspects of grammar instruction, and respond to the results of the survey. A few resources will be posted for optional review before you answer the survey.


During Week 2:  Jan. 19-25 2020 (Teacher Knowledge), you will: 

1.  review your understanding of grammar content knowledge using Quizlet and share your responses to a reading on grammatical terminology.

2.  create a presentation to show your understanding of the difference between the content knowledge and the pedagogical content knowledge of a verb tense (e.g. the present perfect tense). You can use use prezi, slideshare, emaze, or visme for a visually appealing presentation. You will share a link to your online presentation on the discussion forum and give and receive responses on these presentations. Some helpful media resources will be provided.

3. (optional) read and record your response to a TESL Ontario blog entry on the knowledge of learners. You can respond to its arguments and/or some of the suggestions and responses in the comments section of the blog. 

 4. provide mid-session feedback


Week 3: Jan. 26- Feb. 1 2020 (Practice: Grammar-Focused Lesson Planning and Material Development)

1. brainstorm characteristics of suitable materials for grammar instruction

2. check out some online tools that can be used for grammar instruction (Quizlet+ Kahoot+ Nearpod+Padlet+ Popplet)

3. watch a video, review a sample lesson plan and work in teams to complete a grammar-focused lesson plan template using an online collaboration tool and showcase your work to the whole team. (Participants will sign up for one of a list focus groups)

4. upload your team's lesson plan and give feedback on the other teams'  lesson plans/activities

5. (optional) reflect on the feedback you have received


During Week 4: Feb. 2-8 2020 (Practice: Error Correction and Feedback), you will: 

1. answer a general survey on error correction and create a more focused survey (using Google Forms or Survey Monkey) that you share with colleagues and/or session participants to collect teacher perspectives on correcting grammar errors in your specific context.   

2. (optional) review a reading on students’ beliefs and another on a teacher's perspective on error correction.

3. practice error correction and giving individualized feedback on a sample student writing, upload your annotated version and share your rationale in this week's discussion forum.


During Week 5: Feb. 9-15   2020 (Ongoing Professional Development and Session Wrap-Up), you will:


1. explore observation as continual professional development using some broad criteria

2. review online opportunities for ongoing professional development 

3. participate in the End-of-Session Wrap-up Activity 

4. complete an End-of-Session Survey



  • Interactive space (group/community/forum: Discussion Forum in Moodle)
  • Content space (where your syllabus, readings, and videos will be: Moodle
  • Live meeting space (for synchronous events/webinars: Zoom?)


Other technology tools for some reflective tasks and creating grammar activities: Quizlet; Kahoot; Jeopardylabs; Screencast-o-matic; VoiceThread; Etherpad; Wordle...


Join this session


Registration starts on Jan 5, 2020. 


To join this EVO session:


From January 5 - 11.


  1. Go to: http://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=267
  2. Log in the first and each time by clicking on one of the following social icons: Facebook, Microsoft, Gmail, or LinkedIn on the login page: Login in with Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft 
  3. Enrol in https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=267  


If you need further help on how to log in, please watch the following video:

How to Sign Up and Login (video)



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Salem, Naglaa



Naglaa has taught English for Academic Preparation as well as Introduction to Literature, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication courses at the university and college level. She has presented and published on English-Arabic translation, second language acquisition in Arab learners, and teacher development. Naglaa is a TESL Ontario certified instructor and trainer.


Deutsch, Nellie



Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D. is a Canadian long distance teacher, runner, and healer. She has been teaching EFL in the public school system and at universities for over 40 years. Her teaching expertise include junior high school (ages 12-15) team leadership and adult teacher development. She also practices mindfulness, the Alexander Technique, the Paula Method, and Reiki in and out of the classroom.  














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