Notes and links from the SAETA State Conference session, June 3rd 2017.
Hope you enjoy the presentation!
- Download the PowerPoint: Improving Academic literacy in our senior students FINAL.
- Download the Formal Alternatives to Phrasal Verbs wordlist here.
- Download the Formal Word List here in PDF or Word formats.
- The Guide to Language Features of Formal Writing which I wrote a few years back is available on Teachers Pay Teachers, though DECD Employees should click here first.
Functional Grammar – Field, Tenor & Mode
- The ‘I have fifteen minutes of NIT to get this done’ introduction to Field, Tenor & Mode: watch this video: https://www.ccv.adobe.com/v1/player/sc/US%2Ffe10397f-f374-41f3-be40-980b325629b5/embed
- The ‘I have a couple of hours after school’ introduction to Field, Tenor & Mode (plus example activities for students) can be found on educator Alice Yeung’s blog: https://aliceleung.net/2016/06/17/field-tenor-and-mode-a-literacy-framework-for-all-subjects/ and this guy explains it quite clearly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvNnb5lKzZk
- For the ‘I have a few hours of Professional Reading to log’ introduction you can watch Sun Pacific TESOL College’s videos on YouTube, the first of which is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBTPBjOVVN4 or read: http://www.lexiconista.com/functionaltextanalysis.pdf or watch this intro to functional linguistics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5shQbMJLa8k
- This British school principal has taken a Systemic Functional Lanugage approach to literacy and run with it with their primarily EALD students. Their short blog is a useful read into practical applications of SFL in education. https://whatslanguagedoinghere.wordpress.com/
- If you’re already familiar with functional grammar then here’s a Functional Grammar Rap for you (yes, really): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGuzIy5OF5s.
- DECD Presentation regarding the Register Continuum – taken from Literacy for Learning. http://slideplayer.com/slide/4670274/
- If you’re heading off to do your Masters, Google ‘An Introduction to Functional Grammar by Halliday‘ and you’ll get a copy of the original Halliday ebook. A research review can be found here: http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1634&context=artspapers.
- Arrange on the register continuum activity: Collect different texts on the same topic and have students arrange them on the register continuum. An example of this can be seen in this video from Wilderness: https://vimeo.com/85910381, which is from Ann Rooney’s 2015 Wilderness ESL class which used the Register Continuum for the foundation of an assignment: https://wilderness.instructure.com/courses/1248658/pages/the-register-continuum.
- An example of using the register continuum to guide a prac evaluation from UK school George Mitchell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKcxfSJ2TBk
Handouts / Factsheets
- Flinder’s University Student Learning Centre has a couple of good activities on their Formal / Informal Language factsheet: http://www.flinders.edu.au/slc_files/Documents/Yellow%20Guides/Formal%20&%20Informal%20Language.pdf Plus other handouts and activities on academic language, including Active/Passive voice can be found here: http://www.flinders.edu.au/current-students/slc/study-resources/english-&-general-study-guides.cfm Most universities have excellent fact sheets on this topic but I find the Flinders ones to be more accessible to Senior High School students.
Germanic vs Latinate
- The influence of 1066 on the English Language: http://geoffboxell.tripod.com/words.htm
- The History of English in 10 Minutes: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/languages/english-language/the-history-english-ten-minutes
- Get kids familiar with the origins of words by visiting The Online Etymology Dictionary: http://etymonline.com/
- As an activity in etymology have students explore the origins of their name at Behind the Name: https://www.behindthename.com/ and Behind the Surname: https://surnames.behindthename.com/
- University of New England fact sheet on Nominalisation: https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/9452/WC_Sentences-Active-passive-voice-and-nominalisation.pdf
- Education NSW ‘SMART Teaching Strategies’ on Nominalisation: https://education.nsw.gov.au/smart-teaching-strategies/literacy/writing/stage-3/spelling/nominalisation
- Education Victoria Literacy Learning Professional Development on teaching Nominalisation: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/english/proflearn/Pages/velswritten56.aspx
- Don’t overdo Nominalisation: http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/grammar-and-syntax/nominalization/
Clarity and Conciseness
- Clear Writing and Reducing Word Count Checklist in Word Format.
- Write Better Sentences by Deleting Clutter: http://www.dummies.com/education/language-arts/grammar/write-better-sentences-by-deleting-clutter/
- Tips for reducing word count: http://writetodone.com/trouble-sticking-to-your-word-count-try-these-editing-tricks/
- Quite complex tips on combining sentences: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/combining_skills.htm
- Building Noun Groups: https://education.nsw.gov.au/smart-teaching-strategies/literacy/language-conventions/noun-groups
- Kuzco’s Poison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcKGw-IO5Uc
- Road to Grammar’s Text Analyzer:http://www.roadtogrammar.com/textanalysis/
- Readability Test Tool: https://www.webpagefx.com/tools/read-able/
- University of Alberta’s fact sheet on Science Writing: http://www.crystaloutreach.ualberta.ca/en/ScienceReasoningText/ScientificLanguage.aspx
- The DECD Literacy Secretariat had some excellent resources which are now mostly available on the DECD Intranet. One that was particularly useful is available via DECD intranet > Educating > Numeracy and Literacy > Literacy resources > Engaging and Exploring writing in the secondary years. Sorry Non-DECD schools, these are only available for DECD employees.
- If you haven’t already, every English teacher in Australia really really needs to check out the English Textual Concepts website developed by the English Teachers Association of NSW. It is basically a catalogue of the content we need to teach. Our primarily skills based subject can sometimes feel content-lite, especially to new teachers. Go here if you want to know what it is we actually need to teach and when. This is a brilliant achievement. http://englishtextualconcepts.nsw.edu.au/
- If you can get someone to pay for you, I recommend the How Language Works course. If you have to pay the $4000+ fee for yourself, give it a miss. Literacy for Learning is How Language Works lite; I don’t recommend it. More details here: http://www.unlockingtheworld.com/programs/how-language-works