The key to English language and literature is to be comfortable with the language first. Punctuation, grammar and spelling are very important and the basic building blocks. When these are established, then the best way for students to prepare for the language component is to practice their...
I have made a feature film in France with a French crew, two films in Spain with a Spanish crew and a TV series set around Barcelona FC. Working in detail with crews gives you not only language practice but an insight into their thought processes.
First of all if you think the French talk fast...
Children learn mathematics by understanding and applying their learning to problems and real world experiences.
There is strong research (R.Skemp,1977) that children need concrete examples and opportunities to explore and manoeuvre materials for them to understand. Instead of learning by...
English can be a daunting subject. The texts that students must analyse are long and complicated, the questions can be confusingly broad or frustratingly specific, and, most importantly of all, there are no simple answers. Elsewhere, students can answer with a number or simple list; in an...
With regard to language teaching I believe strongly in the importance of providing a strong knowledge of grammar (something I've found to be disappointingly lacking in many GCSE and A' Level students who've sought my help and advice over the years), married to an approach which aims to make the...
I have found that one of the greatest challenges facing any 11 year old sitting down to take an exam is that old saying: "too much haste, not enough speed". They go into the exam with a thousand ideas running through their minds and the words of a hundred teachers, parents, siblings,...
When I first started teaching Logic to MA students I found something weird...it's just like teaching children!
I have taught in different schools to different levels but even on 30+ years old, my 'I'm not going to continue until you stop talking' face skill works.
That's the thing about...
Written in the wake of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre, on September 11th, ’Caught in the Crossfire’, by Alan Gibbons, is a powerful novel about young people, love, hate, prejudice, racism and bigotry.
Oakfield, a town in northern England, is set in one small corner of a...
There is a great deal to think about at the start of the school term for every student. Panic can set in. Is the work going to be a lot harder than last year? Am I going to keep up with the workload? What books am I going to be using for my studies? Am I going to enjoy them? And for home...
Advice for my little sister who had three teacher training interviews, whilst having three essays due for her University course at the same time.
When we have a few tasks, we can feel overwhelmed and I use cutting down a tree to describe this. At first, the whole tree seems overwhelming but as...
Often it’s not possible that all pupils in a class to have clear understanding of a subject explained by their teacher. This is explained mainly...
Why is it that there is such a disparity between individuals when it comes to learning to read? Reading is a cultural and taught activity and its...
Your ultimate aim is to do as well as possible in the exam. To achieve this, you need to
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A level business studies can be extremely daunting. Especially where you have case studies you need to research and spend an extensive amount of...
I thoroughly recommend this user-friendly, comprehensive guide to students planning to go to University.
It covers everything from time...
So I hear you are struggling a bit in school. That can be very hard to cope with. It is hard to see other children understanding and...
There has been surprisingly little formal study by modern authors focussing specifically on the transition towards a modern notation system during...
Major depression is a debilitating disorder with a lifetime prevalence of 15%, the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide, and involves...
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