Category Archives: 3 Good subject knowledge

3 ways to help students improve their spelling

  Word bank Think of it as collecting ‘money’ that will enrich their vocabulary. A word bank at the back of their exercise books of new words they discover throughout your lessons, is a good way to check up on … Continue reading

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11 important points NATE make about the English NC

NATE published an important response to the 2015 National Curriculum for English. The full report is here, but I have pasted in the summing up points at the end of the document as they provide both an excellent summary of … Continue reading

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8 things English teachers should know about the Enlightenment

No one is quite sure when the Enlightenment Period begins and ends. Some French historians argue that it happened between 1715-1789, when the French Revolution started. Other commentators believe it began in the 1620s with the emergence of the scientific revolution … Continue reading

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Figurative language

Questions What is figurative language? Why are the following phrases figurative in certain contexts? The light at the end of the tunnel… The glass half full. Definition Figurative language is a general term for a group of linguistic devices called … Continue reading

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Feature spotting

Questions What is feature spotting? Why is it flagged up as a problem in numerous examiners’ reports and amongst English teachers generally? Definition Feature-spotting is when student isolate a technique, a feature, such as alliteration, but then do not explore … Continue reading

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5 important points English teachers show know about context

Questions What do we mean by context? What do we mean by contexts of writing or production? What do we mean by contexts of reading? 5 important points Definition from Cambridge Dictionary:  the situation within which something exists or happens, … Continue reading

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8 points about the book of Genesis

In a nutshell: God makes the universe, earth, animals and humans in seven days. Key quote, Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1 (AKJV): “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness … Continue reading

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The Bible: 5 key points English teachers should be aware of.

Questions Why do you need to know about the Bible to be an effective English teacher? Surely, it’s a religious text? It is also possibly the most influential literary text ever written. Until comparatively recently, the Bible influenced every English … Continue reading

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Aims of English teachers

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Accent

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