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Language for Life

Where linguistics meets teaching, 1st Edition

By Lyn Stone


290 pages

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We all recognise how important first impressions are, something often formed by how well we speak and write. Language for Life shows how language can be mastered by children and how what they have learned can be carried throughout their lives. 

This indispensable guidebook for teachers arms pupils with the mental skill of thinking about language. This in turn helps children learn much more easily from the language around them. This book delivers explicit, step-by-step English language instruction via lessons in syntax, grammar, morphology, etymology and punctuation. 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 pupils alike who have attended her numerous classes and workshops.

Language for Life turns important research findings into evidence-based, effective classroom practice. This book helps teachers:

  • learn more about language structure
  • guide the development of skills to write accurately and in increasing volume
  • support the emergence of clear and organised thinking for writing
  • help pupils reach their full potential as readers and writers.

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 pupils 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 pupils through an enriching journey of language discovery and creativity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Section 1. Grammar for Life Introduction The Universals 1. Nouns 2. Determiners 3. Pronouns 4. Verbs 5. Agreement 6. Tense Parts of speech progress check 7. Adjectives 8. Adverbs Parts of speech progress check 2 9. Prepositions 10. Conjunctions Parts of speech final progress check 11. Phrases 12. Clauses Section 2. Dictionaries 13. How to start using a dictionary Section 3 Morphology for Life 14. Prefixes 15. Suffixes 16. Root words Section 4. Punctuation for Life 17. Punctuation activities Section 5. Information for teachers 18. Language and literacy 19. Language impairment 20. Language change 21. Language myths 22. Redundancy 23. Figurative language 24. The -ize have it (or, is it because -ise Scottish?) Section 6. Resources for everyone Appendix 1. Word cards Appendix 2. Latin and Greek morphemes Appendix 3. Mnemonics Glossary Bibliography

About the Author


Lyn Stone is a linguist and literacy and language specialist. She is the clinical director of Lifelong Literacy and is currently based in Victoria, Australia.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General