UKLA Viewpoints: Grammar

UKLA believes that grammar is about how people make sense in speaking or writing.

  • Grammar is an important strand of language study, both in its own right and as part of making meaning.
  • There is no evidence that teaching grammar by rules results in improved reading or writing.
  • Children have implicit knowledge of grammar which is best developed by helping them make sense of what they want to write and say.
  • Recent research shows significant positive effects from teaching that gives explicit attention to relevant grammatical constructions within the context of pupils’ writing.
  • Talking about language (metalanguage) develops greater understanding of how language works.

You can download the full UKLA Viewpoint on Grammar to the right of this page.