288 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Are you looking for one book that gives a comprehensive account of primary/elementary and early years English, language and literacy teaching? Based on robust research evidence and practical examples of effective teaching, this essential textbook critically evaluates curriculum policies and provides guidance for teachers on implementation of evidence-based teaching in classrooms.

    This fully revised fifth edition has a brand new chapter on Reading for Pleasure, and has substantially rewritten chapters to reflect recent developments in research, evaluations of new policy directions, and new practical examples of teaching and learning.

    The authors draw on their research, scholarship and practice to offer advice on:

    • inclusion and equality, including working effectively with multilingual pupils
    • the importance of talk and interaction
    • developing reading, including motivating children to read and phonics teaching
    • improving writing, including grammar and punctuation
    • planning and assessing
    • the latest educational policy and practice

    This authoritative book is an essential introduction for anyone who teaches English, language and literacy from the early years to primary school level, and seeks to improve their professional practice. Designed to help inform trainee teachers and tutors, but also of great use to those teachers wanting to keep pace with the latest developments in their specialist subject, this is an indispensable guide to the theory and practice of teaching English, language and literacy.

    Part I: Introduction  1. The history of English, language and literacy  2. Thinking about learning and language  3. Equity, diversity and inclusion  Part II: Language  4. The development of language  5. Accent, dialect and Standard English  6. Classroom practices for talk  7. Drama  Part III: Reading  8. The development of reading  9. Reading for pleasure  10. Classroom practices for reading  11. Reading comprehension  12. Phonics  Part IV: Writing  13. The development of writing  14. Classroom practices for writing  15. Grammar and Punctuation  16. Spelling  17. Handwriting  Part V: General Issues  18. Assessing Oral Language, Reading and Writing  19. Language and literacy difficulties  20. Planning  21. Home–school literacy links


    Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. He is also the Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy.

    Helen Bradford is a language and literacy consultant, and has worked at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and University College London Institute of Education.

    John-Mark Winstanley is an Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. He has also worked as a Deputy Head Teacher and English Subject Leader across a number of primary schools.

    'The style of writing is accessible yet appropriately academic. The book provides an excellent foundation for initial teacher education.'

    Fiona Maine
    , Professor of Language and Literacy in Education, University of Exeter.

    ‘This book is useful not just because of its detail and depth of coverage of the topics throughout, but also because of its consideration of inclusion of children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).’

    Tamara Mortimer
    , Primary Education Lead (BEd and PGCE), Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth

    ‘The figures and tables throughout the book clearly convey key information and examples. Examples of children’s work, in particular, are very useful… The Practice Points at the end of each chapter are an excellent summary of how the approaches should be applied… This book also provides clear links between theory and practice. Main educational theorists have been summarised effectively, and examples of teaching demonstrate how the theory can be practically applied.’

    Jess Bellamy
    , Lecturer in Primary Education, Leeds Beckett University

    ‘What makes this resource accessible is that it is not overly academic in how it is written. The provision of cross-chapter references and additional readings makes it very useful.’

    Amanda Denston
    , Senior Lecturer in Literacy, Massey University in New Zealand.

    ‘This proves to be a very comprehensive text to understand the basics of teaching English, including dialogic teaching and developing talk as key aspects of literacy instruction as well as different drama methods.’

    Susan Sandretto
    , Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

    ‘The coverage of standard English and accent, bullet-pointed practice points at the end of each chapter as well as useful references to multilingualism make this book a helpful resource for all English teachers.’

    Rebecca Simpson-Hargreaves
    , Lecturer in Education, University of Manchester

    ‘This book is great for beginning teachers as well as first time tertiary learners trying to understand Western theoretical perspectives… The extra reading material and coverage of the basics for students in one book make it a handy resource since educators often have to use more than one resource to cover all of the topics across the levels of literacy.’

    Rachel Martin
    , Senior Lecturer, Otago University, Aotearoa New Zealand