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Teaching Primary English

by Jackie Brien SAGE Publications Ltd
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Literacy empowers learning across the whole curriculum and language is at the centre of all learning in primary education.

Aware of current curriculum developments and drawing from the latest research Teaching Primary English encourages teacher education students to develop a deeper understanding of the essential issues involved in teaching English in order to approach a career in the primary classroom with the confidence and knowledge required to succeed.

Taking a fresh approach to the main elements of teaching primary English, Jackie Brien strikes an engaging balance between the practical requirements of English teaching and encouraging informed reflection on key aspects of primary literacy.

AUDIENCE: Students studying primary English on primary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate, postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching; also newly qualified teachers

What teachers of literacy know and do
Speaking and listening
Reading with and for understanding
Teaching phonics for reading and writing
Learning and teaching writing: the knowledge and processes of composing text
Accuracy and presentation: the secretarial aspects of writing
Inclusive learning and teaching of English
Information and communication technologies in the teaching of English
English and literacy beyond the classroom
Planning to ensure progress in English
Assessment and targeting in English

'This book provides real breadth and depth in the essential areas of subject knowledge for ITE students. Within this detailed and comprehensive coverage Jackie Brien also gives access to some of the most important background debates and related educational arguments, to help students make sense of current approaches and initiatives in literacy teaching. Theoretical positions are brought to life with examples of classroom data; and the importance of beginner teachers developing professional confidence based on significant understanding of literacy learning and teaching is emphasised throughout.

The book has an excellent structure with short, taster sections of expert reflection from recognised authorities, encouraging students to read on and investigate further. In addition each chapter has a range of clearly signalled prompts inviting hands-on activity, discussion and reflection. This is a great book for guiding the developing literacy knowledge of ITE students and NQTs' -
Julie Bowtell, University of Hertfordshire
Jackie Brien is Curriculum Leader for English, Communication, Language and Literacy at the University of Chester.