2nd Edition

Language for Life Where Linguistics Meets Teaching

By Lyn Stone Copyright 2025
    304 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new edition of the bestselling Language for Life shows how language can be mastered by children and how what they have learned can be carried throughout their lives.

    An indispensable guidebook for teachers, it delivers explicit, step-by-step English language instruction via lessons in syntax, grammar, morphology, etymology, and punctuation and arms students with the mental skill of thinking about language. This in turn helps children learn much more easily from the language around them. New features for this edition include:

    - an increased focus on the relationship between knowledge of parts of speech and morphology to proficiency as a writer

    - creating a metalanguage between student and teacher that encourages clear two-way feedback

    - an increased focus on knowledge-building using factual topics as exemplars.

    Language for Life is a proven programme that is built upon years of experience. Lyn Stone’s pragmatic and modern approach is supported by feedback from teachers and students alike who have attended her numerous classes and workshops. This book helps teachers: learn more about language structure, guide the development of skills to write accurately and in increasing volume, and support the emergence of clear and organised thinking for writing.

    Brimming with vital information suitable for both basic and advanced level students, this book is an essential tool for all teachers wishing to give their students the best preparation possible to meet the demands of the modern world. Photocopiable worksheets throughout the book put teachers in the position of linguistic expert, guiding students through an enriching journey of language discovery and creativity.

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    How to use this book

    Part 1

    Chapter 1 Nouns: Syntactic Royalty

    Chapter 2 Determiners: Noun Heralds

    Chapter 3 Pronouns: Syntactic Stunt Doubles

    Chapter 4 Verbs: The Movers and Shakers

    Chapter 5 Agreement

    Chapter 6 Tense

    Chapter 7 Adjectives: Descriptive Noun-Servants

    Chapter 8 Adverbs: The Flying Squad

    Chapter 9 Prepositions: Noun Connectors

    Chapter 10 Conjunctions: All-Round Joiners

    Chapter 11 Phrases

    Chapter 12 Clauses

    Chapter 13 Sentences

    Chapter 14 Dictionaries

    Chapter 15 Punctuation

    Chapter 16 Morphology Introduction

    Chapter 17 Prefixes

    Chapter 18 Bases

    Chapter 19 Suffixes

    Chapter 20 Figurative Language

    Chapter 21 Language Myths

    Chapter 22 Language Change

    Appendix 1

    Appendix 2

    Appendix 3



    Lyn Stone is an educational linguist based in Australia. She is the owner of Lifelong Literacy, a specialist tutoring practice and teacher training institute. She and her team provide online courses and in-person coaching to educators across the globe.