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Teaching Grammar: A Deductive Approach

July 30, 2020 from 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

- $10.00 – $20.00

Julia Lippold, Lauriston Girls School

Thursday 30 July, 3:45-5:15 pm

Online Webinar

*LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: Registrations close 2pm Thursday 30 July*

Teaching grammar can be fraught with challenges. In the EAL setting, students can find understanding syntactical metalanguage as well as abstract concepts challenging. So how do we make grammar accessible to EAL students? My approach to teaching grammar is, at its core, deductive rather than didactic encouraging students to figure out rules and patterns deductively rather than being expressly instructed. Getting students involved in the learning process is key to this method: a highly visual, contextualised and participatory pedagogy.

This session will guide teachers through this deductive method as they too participate in the learning process. Topics covered will include:

– Why is grammar so important?
– Connections to the F-10 EAL Curriculum and National Curriculum (EAL Achievement Standards)
– Deductive pedagogy
– Sample grammar lessons and teaching tips aimed at EAL students (including, phrasal verbs, the conditional, nominalisation, shades of modality, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, punctuation and parts of speech)

Julia Lippold is an EAL and TESOL specialist teacher and ‘teacherpenerur’ with over 14 years of TESOL teaching experience. She has taught in both the New Arrivals and independent sectors, and also in Korea. She began her formal teaching career at Blackburn English Language School in Melbourne and as a volunteer tutor working with refugees on Temporary Protection Visas. At Blackburn ELS, Julia worked as a Leading Teacher, Head of Senior School, and International Student Coordinator maintaining close links with the International Division at the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Julia currently teaches at Lauriston Girls’ School in the role of EAL Coordinator (Years 7-12) where she has had an integral role in establishing the EAL program. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) with Honours, a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), a Master of Public and International Law and a Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics. In addition to teaching, she supports staff in accommodating the needs of EAL students and delivers staff professional learning workshops. Julia is a VicTESOL representative of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA), an affiliate of both VicTESOL and VATE, is actively involved in the VCAA F-10 EAL Curriculum for Victorian Schools Consultation Review, is a member of the VCAA VCE Examination Development EAL Reviewing Panel, and is the founder and creator of Zealous English. Julia is passionate about teaching EAL and creating user-friendly resources for both teachers and students.


  • $10 – VicTESOL Members (including other state & territory TESOL associations affiliated with ACTA
  • $20 – Non-members 



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July 30, 2020
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
$10.00 – $20.00
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Online Webinar