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1 So you want to be an outstanding English teacher ….? Geoff Barton Download free at (Presentation number 69) Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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3 1.Blink: appearances matter 2.It’s about relationships 3.Good enough isn’t good enough (usually) 4.Passion is infectious 5.Routines matter: bags, coats, pens

4 What every English teacher needs to know …

5 A brief and utterly superficial history of English



8 Parse the italicised words: “The lady protests too much, methinks” “Sit thee down” “I saw him taken” Rewrite these sentences correctly: “Louis was in some respects a good man, but being a bad ruler his subjects rebelled” “Vainly endeavouring to suppress his emotion, the service was abruptly brought to an end” Alfred S West, The Elements of English Grammar


10 For each of the following write a sentence containing the word or clause indicated: a)That used as a subordinating conjunction b)That used as a relative pronoun c)An adjective used in the comparative degree d)A pronoun used as a direct object e)An adverbial clause of concession f)A noun clause in apposition g)A collective noun JMB O-level English Language, 1967


12 Autonomy Disempowerment

13 Subject Reviews 2005 & 2009 “English at the Crossroads”

14 English 2005: Myhill and Fisher: ‘spoken language forms a constraint, a ceiling not only on the ability to comprehend but also on the ability to write, beyond which literacy cannot progress’. Although the reading skills of 10 year old pupils in England compared well with those of pupils in other countries, they read less frequently for pleasure and were less interested in reading than those elsewhere. Pupils’ writing does not improve solely by doing more of it. 1 2 3

15 English 2009: All the English departments visited had schemes of work for KS3 but, since they rarely showed them to the students, students could not see how individual elements linked together and supported each other. To many students, the KS3 programme seemed a random sequence of activities … 1

16 English 2009: Some schools persevered with ‘library lessons’ where the students read silently. These sessions rarely included time to discuss or promote books and other written material and therefore did not help to develop a reading community within the school. 2

17 Many of the lessons seen during the survey showed there was a clear need to reinvigorate the teaching of writing. Students were not motivated by the writing tasks they were given and saw no real purpose to them. 3 English 2009:

18 Ofsted’s previous report on English found that schools put too little emphasis on developing speaking and listening. Since then, the teaching of speaking and listening has improved. 4 English 2009:

19 The last English report identified a wide gap between the best practice and the rest in using ICT. This gap remains; indeed, some of the evidence suggests that it has widened. 5 English 2009:


21 1.Understand the significance of exploratory talk 2.Model good talk – eg connectives 3.Re-think questioning: why & how? 4.Re-think hands-up 5.Get conversations into the school culture

22 1.Teach reading – scanning, skimming, analysis 2.Read aloud and display 3.Teach key vocabulary 4.Demystify spelling 5.Teach research, not FOFO


24 The climate of the Earth is always changing. In the past it has altered as a result of natural causes. Nowadays, however, the term climate change is generally used when referring to changes in our climate which have been identified since the early part of the 1900's. The changes we've seen over recent years and those which are predicted over the next 80 years are thought to be mainly as a result of human behaviour rather than due to natural changes in the atmosphere.

25 The best treatment for mouth ulcers. Gargle with salt water. You should find that it works a treat. Salt is cheap and easy to get hold of and we all have it at home, so no need to splash out and spend lots of money on expensive mouth ulcer creams.

26 Urquhart castle is probably one of the most picturesquely situated castles in the Scottish Highlands. Located 16 miles south-west of Inverness, the castle, one of the largest in Scotland, overlooks much of Loch Ness. Visitors come to stroll through the ruins of the 13th- century castle because Urquhart has earned the reputation of being one of the best spots for sighting Loch Ness’s most famous inhabitant.


28 1.Where did the first cell phones begin? 2.Name 2 other features that started to be included in phones 3.Why are cell phones especially useful in some countries?

29 Cellular telephones The first cellular telephone system began operation in Tokyo in 1979, and the first U.S. system began operation in 1983 in Chicago. A camera phone is a cellular phone that also has picture taking capabilities. Some camera phones have the capability to send these photos to another cellular phone or computer. Advances in digital technology and microelectronics has led to the inclusion of unrelated applications in cellular telephones, such as alarm clocks, calculators, Internet browsers, and voice memos for recording short verbal reminders, while at the same time making such telephones vulnerable to certain software viruses. In many countries with inadequate wire-based telephone networks, cellular telephone systems have provided a means of more quickly establishing a national telecommunications network. Where begin? Two features? Some countries?




33 Research skills, not FOFO










43 Sounds: Govern+ment Visuals: be-lie-ve Mnemonics: necessary


45 -ible-able

46 Homophones Sound of Music KylieBeethoven theirtherethey’re tootwoto

47 Homophones FreezeStand adviceadvise practicepractise effectaffect It’sits

48 1.Demonstrate writing 2.Teach composition & conventions 3.Allow oral rehearsal 4.Short & long sentences 5.Connectives

49 Know your connectives Adding: and, also, as well as, moreover, too Cause & effect: because, so, therefore, thus, consequently Sequencing: next, then, first, finally, meanwhile, before, after Qualifying: however, although, unless, except, if, as long as, apart from, yet Emphasising: above all, in particular, especially, significantly, indeed, notably Illustrating: for example, such as, for instance, as revealed by, in the case of Comparing: equally, in the same way, similarly, likewise, as with, like Contrasting: whereas, instead of, alternatively, otherwise, unlike, on the other hand

50 5 things that every teacher needs to know

51 1.Every teacher in English … 2.Teach reading, not FOFO … 3.Demystify spelling … 4.Model writing … 5.Emphasise quality talk …

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55 English Teacher Petite, white-haired Miss Cartwright Knew Shakespeare off by heart, Or so we pupils thought. Once in the stalls at the Old Vic She prompted Lear when he forgot his part. Ignorant of Scrutiny and Leavis, She taught Romantic poetry, Dreamt of gossip with dead poets. To an amazed sixth form once said: ‘How good to spend a night with Shelley.’ In long war years she fed us plays, Sophocles to Shaw’s St Joan. Her reading nights we named our Courting Club, Yet always through the blacked-out streets One boy left the girls and saw her home. When she closed her eyes and chanted ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ We laughed yet honoured her devotion. We knew the man she should have married Was killed at Passchendaele. Brian Cox From Collected Poems, Carcanet Press 1993. And finally …

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