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.

English Vocabulary and the Development of Language

English Vocabulary and the Development of Language

English vocabulary and the development of language

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should have developed your understanding of:

  • the history of English vocabulary;
  • the mechanisms of language change and development;
  • ways of focusing on vocabulary with your class.

Professional Standards for QTS:



Words are endlessly fascinating to learners of language (and that means all of us) and the study of words and their origins can be a significant way into enhancing children's appreciation of the subtleties of the English language as a medium for expressing meaning. As an example of this, one of the few lessons I can actually remember from my own primary school experience was taken by a visiting teacher and began by our discussing the word tomato. We ...

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