Glamorous Grammar

Jill Carter dispels the popular myth that grammar is boring and explains why she thinks it should be revered by teachers and students alike.      In the years I have spent around teaching, one of the main subject-related complaints of English teachers is SPaG.  The main complaints seem to be: ‘I wasn’t taught grammar […]

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Tales from the Oxford University Press office… Looking back to lessons learnt and creativity generated.

We’re all very busy here in the office, looking forward to the ALL Language World conference  in just over a month in Rugby. While preparations for us are full steam ahead, we thought it might be a good time to look back at the lessons we learnt from last years’ conference. A lasting impression Something that jumped out in […]

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Ideas for the European Day of Languages to inspire lifelong language learning

There have been a lot of interesting articles about the teaching of languages in the news recently. If you are looking for something new to use on the  European Day of Languages  (26th September), then you might consider  this article  from the Guardian. I’m sure you’ll agree that inspiring lifelong learning is really important. Extracts from this article could be used to […]

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Can you spell as well as an 11-year-old? Test your spelling, punctuation and grammar knowledge!

Curriculum changes mean that both Primary and Secondary schools are renewing their focus on spelling, punctuation, and grammar. For primary schools, from summer 2013 year 6 children will sit an English grammar, punctuation, and spelling test, which will assess each child’s English skills in four key areas: Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, and Vocabulary. In secondary schools, […]

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