Why Don’t Students Like English?

  My year 11s are feeling the pressure. Seven hours of English exams. Four different exams. Extract questions, whole text questions, context, comparisons, evaluations, poetry, memorisation, the Russian Revolution, and their eyes start wandering about like my sanity at this point: it's manic, exhausting and it makes me wonder why I do it to myself. … Continue reading Why Don’t Students Like English?

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Teaching Transactional Writing: Taking Chances in the Classroom?

How does one teach transactional writing effectively? Teach the knowledge. Check. Teach the techniques. Check. Teach them again. Formatively assess constantly. Ensure students have at least a shallow knowledge of how to create effective pieces of writing, depending on purpose, audience and format. But then what? How does one get students to effectively put everything … Continue reading Teaching Transactional Writing: Taking Chances in the Classroom?