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    Brush up your grammar
    Friday, 1 December 2017, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Description: Professional editors need to understand—and be able to apply—grammar conventions and evolving trends in language use. Refreshing and extending your grammar skills helps you to edit efficiently and with confidence. This workshop addresses aspects of traditional grammar that editors can find problematic, such as:

    • complex sentence structures
    • dangling and misplaced modifiers and participles
    • definIng and non-defining relative clauses
    • co-ordination and subordination
    • other problems that participants bring for discussion on the day.

    The workshop includes instruction, individual and group exercises and class discussion. Please email your questions and examples to the Workshop Planner at least one week before the workshop.

    Note: This workshop is designed for editors who have a working knowledge of the main word classes and their use. It is not suitable for those seeking an introduction to grammar.

    While laptops are not required for the course, participants are welcome to bring them and access the wifi on site as well as A/C power for the day.


    Sue Spinks is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Macquarie University. Her special areas of teaching and research interest include Systemic Functional Grammar, academic and professional writing practices and genre-based discourse analysis.

    Sue designed the curriulum for, and for over 25 years has convened, a first year unit (LING120 Exploring English) that introduces students to the basics of Michael Halliday’s theory of Systemic Functional Grammar, a theory that significantly underpins the current National English curriulum (K–12) used in Australian schools. Until this year, when she has reduced her teaching load as retirement approaches, she also convened a second year unit (LING291 Writing in English) covering writing theories and practices relevant to Australian academic and professional discourse. Sue also co-authored the textbook, Using Functional Grammar: An Explorers Guide to English, the third edition of which was published in 2012.

    UTS Short Courses venue
    Level 7, 235 Jones St
    Ultimo NSW 2007
    This venue is wheelchair accessible and has an ambulant bathroom.

    Cost for each workshop:
    Members $220, Affiliate members $220, Non-members $350, Concession $132 (members distance rate more than 200 km from Sydney CBD). Includes all drinks and meals through
    the day, including tea and coffee at registration.

    Book your place for this workshop
    Bookings close: Sunday, 26 November 2017

    For any further information contact:

    You can find all past workshop details listed under the Events tab at the top of the home page and a map of the venue. The Workshops page.