Debra Myhill
Debra Myhill

Professor Debra Myhill is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean at Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK. Her interests are in the teaching and research of language and literacy.

Professor Myhill 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.

The workshop

The workshop introduced the LEAD principles for integrating the teaching of grammar, writing and reading in the first language curriculum.

The workshop firstly outlined how being more explicit about the grammatical choices available to writers and how different choices create different meanings and effects can help students to improve their writing. It then demonstrated ways to teach writing through an explicit and playful focus on grammar and will explore how grammatical choices can subtly alter the meanings of images, phrases and sentences. By helping young writers to become aware of these choices, we help them to develop a repertoire of choices for writing which they can make their own.

Throughout, the use of authentic 'real-world' texts are used as mentor texts to illustrate the language choices made by other writers, and children's understanding is developed through the fostering of high-quality discussion about writing choices.

► Professor Myhill höll även ett språkdidaktiskt seminarium under sitt besök vid Stockholms universitet:
Grammar as Choice: Re-thinking Grammar as a tool for learning