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Learning about Language in Context (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling)

Learning about Language in Context (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling)

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Are you prioritising children’s language as an area for development?

Do you want to develop your subject knowledge in grammar, vocabulary and spelling?

Are you looking to embed language teaching in rich and meaningful contexts?

Do you feel you are stuck in a rut with routine practices?

Course Description

Learning about language in use is powerful, important and can be highly enjoyable.  Research has shown that contextualised learning does not have a long-lasting impact. In this course, we start by considering how our classrooms can become rich language-learning environments so that children can secure an implicit understanding of how language works in diverse situations. We then look at effective ways of explicitly teaching how language works to help children to have agency when reading and writing and to equip them to make good choices.


Participants will have a framework for teaching language (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling) in context and a toolkit to draw on for targeted teaching to meet the needs of different learners.

Course Tutors

Nikki Gamble and Jo Castro

Course Format

This highly regarded training is now available in a new online format, making it easy to access.

The online course comprises 3 live sessions and 8 self-study modules.

We also run a full training day version of this training in schools/academies. Please contact for costs. and availability.


9th March 3.30 - 5.00 Introduction Teaching Language in Context
28th March 3.30 - 4.30 Review
26th April 3.30 - 4.30 Review


Online via Zoom. A link will be sent 48 hours before the training. We will request the email of the teacher participating in the training to register you.


Subject leads, primary teachers.

Course Content

  • Why teaching language in context is powerful and important
  • providing an authentic, rich language experience
  • Beyond testing - when and how to teach grammar
  • What we know about vocabulary acquisition and its role in reading comprehension
  • Practical strategies and tools for teaching grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling.
  • Text selection


£100 plus VAT 

Note: You can pay on invoice, but all training must be paid for before final confirmation of a place, and access details are sent,

What teachers say about this course

‘A total joy of a day. A rambunctious journey through words.’

Class Teacher, Woodland Academy Trust (face-to-face version of this course)