Educational Assessment Australia

Designer Sentences Seminars

Professional Development

“Language is the dress of thought” – Samuel Johnson

Research has shown that the critical period for language acquisition is from birth to the onset of puberty. The explicit teaching of grammar and punctuation in the primary school years is therefore essential if students are to confidently manipulate their use of language for a variety of contexts during their high school years and beyond.

UNSW Global Assessments is proud to offer primary educators a free professional learning opportunity focused on best practice in teaching grammar and punctuation.

Join us for the opportunity to experience hands-on activities and techniques for teaching grammar from a leading literacy expert.
Please note there are 2 sessions, it is recommended that participants attend both sessions to get the full benefit.

Session 1

  • Compare some key research findings relating to the teaching and learning of grammar to your own experience(s)
  • Learn some effective strategies to teach critical aspects of written sentence structure
  • Adapt a hands-on grammar activity for your own stage 2 or 3 teaching context

Completing the face-to-face session will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities, 3.1.2 Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students and 5.2.2 Provide timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their achievement relative to their learning goals from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Session 2 – Follow up webinar

  • Share and learn from the experiences of your teaching peers
  • Receive further insights on how you can continue to support your students to apply grammatical understanding for growth in literacy.


Completing the follow up webinar will contribute 45 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Meet the speaker

Helen Pearson is an experienced presenter of professional development workshops and currently lectures in literacy, EAL/D and assessment at UNSW Sydney. She wrote the NESA Grammar Guide for Teachers, and the accompanying guide for parents wanting to support their children's understanding of grammar; as well as the popular Spelling Rules! K-6 series.

Complete an Expression of Interest form if you are interested in hosting a Designer Sentences Seminar at your school.