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The effect of grammar teaching on writing development

Andrews, R.; Torgerson, C.; Beverton, S.; Freeman, A.; Locke, T.; Low, G.; Robinson, A.; Zhu, D.


R. Andrews

S. Beverton

A. Freeman

T. Locke

G. Low

A. Robinson

D. Zhu


This article reports on the results of two international systematic research reviews which focus on different aspects of teaching grammar to improve the quality and accuracy of 5–16-year-olds' writing in English. The results show that there is little evidence to indicate that the teaching of formal grammar is effective; and that teaching sentence-combining has a more positive effect. In both cases, however, despite over a hundred years of research and debate on the topic, there is insufficient quality of research to prove the case with either approach. More research is needed, as well as a review of policy and practice in England with regard to the teaching of sentence structure in writing.


Andrews, R., Torgerson, C., Beverton, S., Freeman, A., Locke, T., Low, G., …Zhu, D. (2006). The effect of grammar teaching on writing development. British Educational Research Journal, 32(1), 39-55.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2006-02
Deposit Date Jan 8, 2007
Journal British Educational Research Journal
Print ISSN 0141-1926
Electronic ISSN 1469-3518
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 39-55
Keywords English, Sentence-combining.