Teaching English, Language and Literacy

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‘This book is comprehensive, up-to-date, critical and authoritative. It is also, above all, well written. It will undoubtedly become standard reading for the next generation of teachers in training and practising teachers will also learn a great deal from dipping into its contents.' - David Wray, Professor of Literacy Education, University of Warwick

‘[A] well organised and comprehensive guide to the teaching of English and the teaching of language’ Margaret Mallett - Emeritus Fellow of The English Association

Are you looking for one book that covers every aspect of the teaching of English at primary level?

Now fully updated, this third edition of Teaching English, Language and Literacy includes brand new chapters on children’s literature and reading comprehension. Rooted in research evidence and multidisciplinary theory, this book is an essential introduction for anyone learning to teach English from the early years to primary school level.

The authors draw on their research, scholarship and practice to offer advice on:

  • developing reading, including choosing texts, and phonics teaching
  • improving writing, including grammar and punctuation
  • language and speaking and listening
  • planning and assessing
  • working effectively with multilingual pupils
  • understanding historical developments in the subject
  • the latest thinking in educational policy and practice
  • the use of multimedia
  • maintaining good home-school links
  • gender and the teaching of English language and literacy

All the chapters include clear examples of practice, coverage of key issues, analysis of research, and reflections on national policy to encourage the best possible response to the demands of national curricula. Each chapter also has a glossary to explain terms and gives suggestions for further reading.

This book is for all who want to improve teaching English, language and literacy. Designed to help inform the practice of students on teacher training courses, but also of great use to those teachers wanting to keep pace with the latest developments in their specialist subject, this book covers the theory and practice of teaching English, language and literacy.


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PART I Introduction
PART II Language
PART III Reading
PART IV Writing
PART V General issues

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About the author (2013)

Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the Institute of Education (IOE) at the University of London.

Russell Jones is Senior Lecturer in Education and Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Helen Bradford is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Mary Anne Wolpert is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

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