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Standard English is but one of a myriad ways of speaking the English language. No child should be penalised for speaking another
Teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge and the confidence to teach the curriculum.
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Grammatical nous has been found to give students a broader understanding of their own language and a key to learning others. The problem is, teachers aren’t being equipped to teach it.
Doing away with the apostrophe is not just the beginning of the end … it’s the end.
The survival of the apostrophe is vital to the comprehensibility of our language. If those who have protected it are hanging up their red pens, it’s time we all do our bit.
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The former journalist raised eyebrows recently when he lapsed into Nonstandard English which is frowned upon in his National Curriculum.
English spelling is not an illogical burden there to make life difficult for our children.
Teaching children how to break down words into their meaning and origin can help them be better spellers.
It’s really ok to be a grammar pedant.
Grammar pedantry recently contributed to the downfall of World Bank chief economist Paul Romer. But ‘grammonds’ are people to be celebrated not vilified.
The most expensive punctuation in the world…
A badly written law cost a US company US$10 million, when a judge ruled that a comma missing from a statute meant 75 truck drivers were owed four years of unpaid overtime wages.
New linguistic studies show the ratio of “he” to “she” in Australian news reporting is 3.4 to 1.
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A new database that shows the use of gendered words in major Australian newspapers tells us much about whose voices are being heard.
…and Red Little Riding Hood.
The use of adjectives in English has caused an internet storm – here are the ‘rules’ explained.
And you thought it just indicated the end of a sentence…
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For centuries, written communication was tinged with formality and finality. But since the emergence of casual forms like texting, using proper grammar can be fraught with misinterpretation.
Hard for primary school children – what about you?
New, harder tests for primary school children have raised questions about the purpose of learning grammar.
Ted Cruz and his backpfeifengesicht?
Even if you don’t have a word for it, you can make one up.
Irregular verbs, crazy spelling and the difficulty of being polite. English is tough.
Every rule in the English language has an exception. That’s more than a little frustrating.
Perfect spelling, vocabulary, usage, grammar, punctuation and style do not necessarily correlate perfectly with intelligence and competence, but most people infer that they do. Thus perception is reality.