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3 Strategies For Teaching Tier 3 Vocabulary

Posted on 19-Nov-2018 15:39:46

For the most part, when students and parents (and even a lot of teachers!) hear terms like ‘literacy’ and ‘vocabulary’ being thrown around, they tend to come to the same conclusion: these are issues for the English department to solve. On the surface, this seems like a pretty sensible viewpoint. Maths teachers have all sorts of complicated equations they need their students to memorise, whilst Science teachers are working hard to ensure their classes understand simple old things like chemical reactions, the workings of the human body, and the endless expanse of space. Vocabulary seems pretty low priority, right?

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Topics: Literacy across the curriculum

Roots and affixes: the key to literacy improvement

Posted on 02-Oct-2017 06:15:00

It goes without saying that there are a lot of words in the English language. The Oxford English Dictionary alone contains over two hundred thousand of them, and this is by no means extensive! New words are invented and brought into common or local usage all the time. On National Poetry Day, regional language like ‘cheeselog’, ‘ginnel’ and ‘dimpsy’ were immortalised in their own tailor-made poems. Obviously this is a trivial example, but for teachers who are passionate about literacy improvement, it begs the question: with so many words constantly entering and exiting our lexicon, how is it possible to teach all of them to our students?

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Topics: Literacy across the curriculum

5 Things you should be doing if you teach EAL students

Posted on 08-Feb-2017 13:17:30

Fewer than 50% of NQTs surveyed last year (NCTL) said that they felt well prepared to teach EAL students and with over 1.1 million students learning English as an Additional Language in the UK today, it’s definitely worth addressing.

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Topics: Literacy across the curriculum

Literacy strategies: Semantic spotlighting

Posted on 28-Oct-2016 17:29:33

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Topics: Reading, Literacy across the curriculum