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Primary English Teaching

Primary English Teaching
An Introduction to Language, Literacy and Learning

Edited by:
  • Robyn Cox - Australian Catholic University, Australia

January 2011 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This comprehensive introduction to language, literacy and learning in the primary school explores the theoretical issues that underpin pedagogical practice in the primary English language classroom in a straightforward manner, enabling readers to understand the resulting practice and curriculum offerings in English primary schools today.

The contributors explore new initiatives in primary language teaching, putting these into their theoretical context, and offer practical ideas, helping students to make the bridge from studying to be a teacher, through to the beginnings of their teaching career. Diversity and aspects of special educational needs are also considered in each section of the book.

This book will be essential reading both for undergraduate students of education, as well as for PGCE students.

Robyn Cox
Exploring Language and Learning
Robyn Cox
Oral Language
Andrew Lambirth
Liz Chamberlain
Jean Webb
Using Children's Literature
Bob Fox
Language, Literacy and ICT
Jane Medwell
Handwriting and Typing
Jane Medwell
An Introduction to Assessing English
Carrie Ansell
Planning for Language Learning and Teaching in Primary School
Chris Robertson
Primary English Curriculum Perspectives

'In An Introduction to Primary English Teaching: Language, Literacy and Learning, Lecturers from the field of Initial Teacher Education have pooled their extensive practical and theoretical knowledge to provide a new ITE text book that is both comprehensive and accessible to trainee teachers. This book will make a useful contribution to reading lists for both Primary and Early Years students. The range of content is extensive and engaging, and will ensure that readers are equipped to develop their skills of reflection and analysis in relation to primary English, language and literacy issues, as well as to take on the practical challenges of literacy teaching and learning in educational settings' -
Clare Dowdall, Professor at University of Plymouth

'The editor and contributors in

the book have done an amazing job in communicating complex theories and

research findings in ways that can be easily taken up by practicing primary teachers.

There is also an important feature of the book that needs special mention. Throughout the book, readers may find various boxes that guide their reading. ‘Research Boxes’ contain references to seminal studies and their major claims on selected topics. ‘Task Boxes’ may be used by readers to reflect and clarify their understandings of the relevant issues. ‘Teaching Ideas Boxes’ list useful ‘springboard’ ideas that can be tried by readers in their pedagogical contexts'
-Teacher Development

This is an excellent book for student and initial teachers. The book clearly sets out the main themes of primary English teaching in an accessible and effective way. The student is guided through pedagogic approaches and the theory which underpins them. There are tasks to work throughout each chapter and this deepens the student's understanding of the subject.

Ms Katrina Jane Foy
School of Education, Aberdeen University
September 13, 2016

An accessible book that will bring complex theories to life for students and early practitioners. Task boxes and research boxes support the development of further knowledge and encourage the reader to delve further into this interesting and important area of teaching.

Ms Sarah Jane Cleak
College Rd, Truro College
March 17, 2016

A very useful book for teacher trainees and for teachers looking to explore English learning in depth.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
August 22, 2013

A comprehensive account of teaching English in the primary curriculum. There is a good balance of theory and research matched to practical tasks in order to equip trainees with the necessary knowledge and skills to become effective Literacy teachers in today's primary schools.

Mrs Suzanne Horton
Institute of Education, Worcester University
August 15, 2012

We are going to ask trainees to use this as one of their core texts. The content is pertinent to our module with key issues covered.

Mrs Elizabeth Dunn
Please select your department, Edge Hill University
July 4, 2012

This is a good introduction to the teaching of English which I will refer to and suggest the students seek out for further reading when they start their ITT.

Mr Gwyn Ellis
School of Education, Bangor University
June 6, 2012

The conversational style and clearly demarked research boxes and classroom activities encourage the student teacher to start with their own understanding of language as they develop their abilities in literacy teaching.

Dr Alastair Daniel
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
February 1, 2012

This is a good introduction to the basics of English teaching in primary classrooms. It is a worthy starting point that students can use before using other texts to explore issues in more depth.

Mr Glenn Stone
Department of Education, Chichester University
December 16, 2011

This text is central for English and provides a useful background for students and teachers new to HE.

Miss Katherine Hamley
School of Education & Professional Dev, College of St Mark and St John
November 14, 2011