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4th Edition

Teaching English, Language and Literacy

ISBN 9781138285736
Published June 20, 2018 by Routledge
314 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Are you looking for one book that gives a comprehensive account of primary and early years English, language and literacy teaching?

This fully revised fourth edition of Teaching English, Language and Literacy includes up-to-date research and updated discussion of effective teaching. Throughout the book there is guidance on England’s new National Curriculum and its impact. Rooted in research evidence and multidisciplinary theory, this book is an essential introduction for anyone learning to teach English from the early years to primary school level.

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

  • inclusion and equality, including working effectively with multilingual pupils
  • speaking and listening
  • developing reading, including choosing texts, and phonics teaching
  • improving writing, including grammar and punctuation
  • planning and assessing
  • the latest thinking in educational policy and practice
  • the use of multimedia
  • maintaining good home--school links

All the chapters include examples of good practice, coverage of key issues, analysis of research and reflections on national policy to encourage the best possible response to the exciting challenges of teaching. Each chapter also has a glossary to explain terms and gives suggestions for further reading.

This authoritative book is for all those who want to improve the teaching of English, language and literacy in schools. 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.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction

1. The history of English, language and literacy

2. Thinking about learning and language

3. Inclusion and equality

Part Two: Language

4. The development of language

5. Accent, dialect and Standard English

6. Classroom Practices for talk

7. Drama

  Part Three: Reading

8. The development of reading

9. Children’s literature

10. Listening to children read

11. Reading comprehension

12. Phonics

13. Classroom practices for reading

Part Four: Writing

14. The development of writing

15. Classroom practices for writing

16. Grammar

17. Punctuation

18. Spelling

19. Handwriting

Part Five: General Issues

20. Assessing writing, reading and oral language

21. Language and literacy difficulties

22. Planning

23. Home–school links

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Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the University College London, Institute of Education. His research includes a multi-disciplinary focus on the teaching of writing across the life-course, including how writing works which is the subject of his most recent book.

Russell Jones was a Senior Lecturer in Education and Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Helen Bradford is part of the early years team at University College London, Institute of Education. Her research includes young children’s development of literacy, focusing particularly on early writing. Her recently completed PhD looked at co-constructing writing pedagogy with two-and-three-year-old children.

Mary Anne Wolpert is Affiliated Lecturer and Course Manager of the Primary PGCE course at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.


‘An invaluable text [and] essential reading to our undergraduate and postgraduate 3-11 trainees.’

Dr Tom Dobson, Course Director in the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University


‘A comprehensive and accessible book that addresses all areas of the Primary Curriculum for English.’

Anne Bradley, Lecturer in Primary ITE, Plymouth Marjon University