Australian Grammar Guide
This Australian grammar guide is a simple and understandable reference for parents and students.
What I love about this Australian grammar guide is:
- That it’s Australian – it’s filled with Australian spelling, examples and terms.
- It’s basic – Ruth has managed to pare down the complex grammar rules into fairly simple explanations. She hasn’t gone into lengthy discussions about exceptions or given obtuse examples. It’s perfect for beginners.
- the layout – the spiral binding makes it easy to keep open and reference. The book is only printed on one side of the page. The other blank page is left for you to add additional notes
- It’s in colour – visual cues highlight the text. It almost looks like Ruth has gone through the book circling the important points.
Do You Need An Australian Grammar Guide?
Grammar is the way we describe our language. It gives us the infrastructure for creative writing and for learning a second language. In the 1970s, grammar was removed from Australian school curriculums because, it was believed, too much emphasis was being placed on the formal aspects of the language and not enough on creativity. Some believe falling literacy standards are a direct result of this decision. Whether or not this is the case —grammar is back on the curriculum for Australian school children
How Much Grammar Do I Need To Know
What the Australian Curriculum expects of an Australian children is significantly different to the what the American homeschool resources teach in the lower grades . Therefore, you often find complex grammar in many American homeschool texts for primary grades which is not needed by Australian students (at the age it is taught in America). The reason Australian grammar isn’t taught at this level (so early) is because many studies have shown that teaching the fine details of grammar are not helping children to write more effectively.
This text is sold to university students who don’t have a good grip on Australian grammar. Ruth, the author, is so happy it can also be used to teach primary and high school students as well.
Once this basic level of grammar is understood more complex grammar can be learned in the later high school years if desired. Many intensive grammar programs exist to help consolidate this subject at a higher level.
How To Use This Australian Grammar Guide
This is to be used:
- as a reference tool when a quick refresh on grammar terms is needed.
- for a crash course in grammar.
Title: The briefest English grammar ever! For English speakers who didn’t learn grammar at school.
Author: Ruth Colman
Printed book: Spiral bound with blank pages for additional note taking.