1st Edition

Language for Life Where linguistics meets teaching

By Lyn Stone Copyright 2016
    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.