Skip to main content


Seminar by Professor Debra Myhill (University of Exeter) 'Do you know your adverbs from your articles? What place for grammar in the Curriculum?'

Exploring the place of grammar in the curriculum.

In the context of national grammar tests for all 11 year olds, this presentation will explore briefly the contested place of grammar in the curriculum, and will offer a theorised rationale for the benefit of including grammar within the teaching of mother tongue language. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on Halliday’s social semiotic view of how language makes meaning, and on cognitive perspectives which consider the place of metalinguistic thinking in the process of writing. Using findings from a series of studies conducted in the Centre for Research in Writing, the presentation will illustrate how the teaching of writing can make meaningful connections for developing writers between language choices and meaning-making, and support them become more autonomous, independent writers. This seminar will be recorded

Event details


Debra Myhill's interests are in the teaching and research of language and literacy.  She is the Director of the Centre for Research in Writing and her commitment is to the bringing together of teaching, teacher education and research so that children and young people's experience of learning to be literate enables them to be confident, articulate citizens of the future, able to use language and literature for personal fulfilment and economic well-being.

A recording of this seminar can be found on the Student Intranet, under Postgraduate Research - Research Training and Skills - College Level Seminar Recordings



Baring Court 114