|1 Learning through language. Language is the medium through which much of their learning will take place. Pupils will learn by listening to the teacher and to each other. They will learn by reading written or media texts as well as comments from their teacher or from each other. They will explore and develop their ideas in both speech and writing.|
|2 Learning to use language. Pupils learn to use language by practising it in a variety of different ways. They practise speaking and writing many different types of text for a range of purposes and to a variety of audiences. They practise reading and listening for many different purposes and in many different contexts.|
|3 Learning about language. Pre-school children already know a tremendous amount about language at an implicit level. In every conversation they make sophisticated choices of vocabulary, grammar, emphasis and register in order to achieve the tone and effect they want. At primary school they will have received a good deal of explicit language teaching. The task of the secondary English teacher is to build on this existing implicit and explicit knowledge and to help them reflect on language use-their own and other people's-in order to develop the confidence and subtlety of their own use of language.|
In most schools the content of lessons on knowledge about language and grammar will follow the framework for English teaching at KS3 and the requirements of the GCSE
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Publication information: Book title: Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: Jon Davison - Author, Jane Dowson - Author. Publisher: RoutledgeFalmer. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 155.
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