500 Words: Black Lives Matter

500 Words: Black Lives Matter

How are British children responding to the emerging themes and issues in their writing? When OUP was asked if we’d like to be the language expert for a ‘pop up’ 500 Words: Black Lives Matter children’s writing competition, we didn’t hesitate for a moment. OUP has been the language partner to 500 Words since 2012, […]

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2020 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year

2020 Oxford Children's Word of the Year

Coronavirus is the 2020 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year! 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show and Chris Evans’ 500 Words short story competition, and saw more than 134,000 children submit entries, hitting the millionth story milestone! As part of ongoing language and lexical research, the Oxford Children’s Dictionaries & […]

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Bridging the Word Gap at Transition: The Oxford Language Report 2020

Jane Harley, Policy and Partnership Director, Oxford University Press  Read the Oxford Language Report OUP has a deeply rooted commitment to young people’s language development – it sits at the heart of education. We seek to drive positive change in educational outcomes through our publishing and nowhere can be more important than the area of language and literacy.  Through our Oxford Children’s Corpus we monitor closely the […]

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Teaching Writing

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The ideas in this blog post are inspired from reading Storycraft by Martin Griffin and Teach Like a Writer by Jennifer Webb. Teaching writing is somewhat of a dreaded phrase in my English department. We are all Literature lovers and doubt our ability to successfully break down and build back up the components of writing […]

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