Pattern Grammar in Schools

Addressing the vocabulary gap using Pattern Grammar

Dr Amanda Patten (University of Birmingham) has been collaborating with the Nishkam School Trust (NST) on the application of Pattern Grammar research in the teaching of academic language skills across the school curriculum. This collaboration is detailed in an article for Impact (journal of the Chartered College of Teaching), co-written by Dr Amanda Patten and Ela McSorley (NST Director for Learning and Teaching, now Headteacher for Ark Victoria Academy

Ela McSorley (English teacher, and Director for Learning and Teaching) and Shauna Silvera (Teacher and subject lead for Sociology and Psychology) talk about the impact that engaging with Pattern Grammar research has had on their continuing professional development and on their teaching practice. We see an example of Pattern Grammar being used in the classroom to increase students’ awareness of their own writing.

These interviews were filmed as part of a University of Birmingham MOOC offered by the School of Education: “Education Research: Finding and Reading Research for Teachers”.

Working with the Birmingham Education Partnership

Dr Amanda Patten (University of Birmingham) is academic consultant for the Birmingham Education Partnership’s “Academic Language” community of practice for Humanities and Science.