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  1. Somerset English Conference Geoff Barton Download free at (65)

  2. Hello.

  3. What? How?

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  6. Subject Reviews 2005 & 2009 “English at the Crossroads”

  7. English 2005: • Myhill and Fisher: ‘spoken language forms a constraint, a ceiling not only on the ability to comprehend but also on the ability to write, beyond which literacy cannot progress’. 1 • Although the reading skills of 10 year old pupils in England compared well with those of pupils in other countries, they read less frequently for pleasure and were less interested in reading than those elsewhere. 2 3 • Pupils’ writing does not improve solely by doing more of it.

  8. English 2009: • All the English departments visited had schemes of work for KS3 but, since they rarely showed them to the students, students could not see how individual elements linked together and supported each other. • To many students, the KS3 programme seemed a random sequence of activities … 1

  9. English 2009: • Some schools persevered with ‘library lessons’ where the students read silently. These sessions rarely included time to discuss or promote books and other written material and therefore did not help to develop a reading community within the school. 2

  10. English 2009: • Many of the lessons seen during the survey showed there was a clear need to reinvigorate the teaching of writing. Students were not motivated by the writing tasks they were given and saw no real purpose to them. 3

  11. English 2009: • Ofsted’s previous report on English found that schools put too little emphasis on developing speaking and listening. Since then, the teaching of speaking and listening has improved. 4

  12. English 2009: • The last English report identified a wide gap between the best practice and the rest in using ICT. This gap remains; indeed, some of the evidence suggests that it has widened. 5

  13. Teacher Resources “Re-Booting English” (58)

  14. Emphasise exploratory talk (“how?” and “why?” more than “what?” Re-think questioning Give thinking time Model good talk Use “rare cover” to watch other teachers at work

  15. ! Get the S&L coursework to the highest quality – whatever it takes Get everyone understanding exploratory talk and beginning to use it

  16. Teach reading explicitly – skimming, scanning, analysis, research (not FOFO) Re-think comprehension via DARTS Break tyranny of questions after texts Teach vocabulary Read aloud


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  23. Where did the first cell phones begin? Name 2 other features that started to be included in phones Why are cell phones especially useful in some countries?

  24. Where did the first cell phones begin? Name 2 other features that started to be included in phones Why are cell phones especially useful in some countries? Cellular telephones The first cellular telephone system began operation in Tokyo in 1979, and the first U.S. system began operation in 1983 in Chicago. A camera phone is a cellular phone that also has picture taking capabilities. Some camera phones have the capability to send these photos to another cellular phone or computer. Advances in digital technology and microelectronics has led to the inclusion of unrelated applications in cellular telephones, such as alarm clocks, calculators, Internet browsers, and voice memos for recording short verbal reminders, while at the same time making such telephones vulnerable to certain software viruses. In many countries with inadequate wire-based telephone networks, cellular telephone systems have provided a means of more quickly establishing a national telecommunications network.

  25. ! Teach reading! Explore key English (not Lit) genres Do it through starters

  26. Teach key conventions, especially of non-fiction genres Demonstrate writing Teach composition Allow oral rehearsal Teach sentence variety and connectives

  27. Know your connectives Adding: and, also, as well as, moreover, too Cause & effect: because, so, therefore, thus, consequently Sequencing: next, then, first, finally, meanwhile, before, after Qualifying: however, although, unless, except, if, as long as, apart from, yet Emphasising: above all, in particular, especially, significantly, indeed, notably Illustrating: for example, such as, for instance, as revealed by, in the case of Comparing: equally, in the same way, similarly, likewise, as with, like Contrasting: whereas, instead of, alternatively, otherwise, unlike, on the other hand

  28. ! Teach English Demonstrate the “and” problem Plan writing starters across groups

  29. Recognise the changed role of Head of English & Maths: be strategic Rejuvenate whole-school literacy Improvement is in the classroom, not on the spreadsheet Increase English staffing Teach English! Be less tolerant of inconsistency

  30. There is a very strong rhetoric of collegiality in how middle leaders describe the culture of their departments or responsibility areas, and the ways they try to discharge their responsibilities. • However, this is sometimes more aspired to than real, and it may sometimes be a substitute term for professional autonomy.