Still the biggest concern for many on initial teacher training courses is the acquisition of subject knowledge and the ability to translate that into effective teaching. This book addresses this - building on the core subject knowledge covered in the Achieving QTS series and relating it to classroom practice. It supports trainees in extending and deepening their knowledge of English and demonstrating how to apply it to planning and implementing lessons. Practical and up-to-date teaching examples are used to clearly contextualize subject knowledge. A clear focus on classroom practice helps trainees to build confidence and develop their own teaching strategies.

New Texts: New Literacies

New texts: New literacies

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should have:

  • developed your understandings about the range of texts, including traditional and digital texts, which children need to encounter to develop their literacy in today's world;
  • begun to understand some of the key features of digital texts;
  • considered some possible approaches to developing children's uses of digital texts to enhance their literacy.

Professional Standards for QTS


Introduction: What's All the Fuss about New Technologies?

English teachers, both primary and secondary, have always been very good at encouraging children to engage with, and make sense of, literary texts. From the first introduction of young children to picture story books to the bringing alive of Shakespeare plays with GCSE and A-level classes, working with literature has always ...

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