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.

Working with Punctuation

Working with punctuation

Chapter Objectives

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

  • some of the problems and debates about English punctuation (and how it differs from punctuation in other forms of English);
  • some strategies for drawing punctuation to children's attention;
  • some ways of investigating punctuation with your class.

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Punctuation, on the face of it, is the least interesting aspect of the structure of English texts. Many children find difficulty in learning the niceties of English punctuation: seven- to eight-year-olds do not always reliably even remember to include capital letters and full stops in their writing. Many children leave primary school still not fully conversant with the uses of commas, apostrophes and, virtually universally, colons and semicolons. Indeed many adults, ...

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