This issue of Curriculum Leadership is the last for 2009. The next edition is scheduled to appear 5 February 2010. The journal team thanks readers for their continuing support, and wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday break.
This paper argues that an educationally meaningful approach to the teaching and learning of grammar within English involves incorporating both a diverse range of knowledge and awareness about language and contextualising it within actual language use and real-world texts. In rethinking approaches to grammar, the authors contend that it is important not to 'chuck out' present teaching approaches with their emphasis on language as communication, but to combine the explicit teaching of grammar with the study of language, and to ensure that each grammatical concept is introduced within the context of a particular aspect of language use.