Chapter Five

Knowledge about language: the technical features of language
Language is a system of sounds, meanings and structures with which we make sense of the world around us. It functions as a tool of thought; as a means of social organisetion; as the repository and means of transmission of knowledge; as the raw material of literature, and as the creator and sustainer - or destroyer - of human relationships. It changes inevitably over time and, as change is not uniform, from place to place. Department of Education and Science 1989 The Cox Report, London, HMSO, paragraph 6.18In outlining current theory and practice in knowledge about language, this chapter includes:
• language as a systematic means of communication
• what teachers know about language
• a model of the English curriculum
• what children know about language
• teaching grammar
lexical knowledge and terminologystructuring writinglanguage variationlanguage used for particular effects
• progression in grammar
• teaching punctuation
• progression in punctuation
• teaching spelling
• progression in spelling
• working on spelling at home.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Overview of the Manual xiii
  • Chapter One - What Does Development in English Look Like? 1
  • Chapter Two - Reading 21
  • Chapter Three - Writing 71
  • Chapter Four - Speaking and Listening 139
  • Chapter Five - Knowledge About Language: the Technical Features of Language 191
  • Chapter Six - Study of Texts 235
  • Chapter Seven - The English Coordinator’s Handbook 299
  • Appendix 323
  • Author Index 355
  • Children’s Authors Index 356
  • Subject Index 357
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