Category Archives: Grammar

Black Sheep Press

Black Sheep Press has a new website with lots of exciting changes and improved features. You can visit it here. Special offers are available until 20th August. I used many of the resources from Black Sheep Press while I was … Continue reading

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April calendar & worksheet

I have uploaded the calendar for next month. Find it here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/calendars-and-worksheets-6145231 Useful for practising the language of time, events, weather etc.  

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March calendar and worksheet is out

You should find it here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/calendars-and-worksheets-6145231 Seems Lent begins in March this year – Easter must be very late! Only Christmas is ‘reliable’!

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More fairy tales with Language Levels questions

The tenth title in the Using Language Levels series is available at £2 from TES. Entitled Fairy tales – 3, it offers a text for each tale, an extra activity, the Language Levels questions, a cover note and a record … Continue reading

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New Language Levels resource

The sixth title in the Using Language Levels series is available at £2 from TES. Entitled The Park, it offers the usual varied set of activities as well as providing a good basis for discussing a place which is familiar … Continue reading

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Pronouns

Further to a query on a forum on TES, I have picked out some of my resources which are particularly aimed at working on pronouns. Hope you find this helpful. See the Pronouns listing in the sidebar. Have also made … Continue reading

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It’s dinner time!

A 5-year-old lad had a nasty fall off his bike, ripped a fingernail and went to A&E to be patched up. In spite of this traumatic series of events, he suggested to his mum that they ask the doctor home … Continue reading

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Dr. Marion Blank

The language style used by adults to children in the preschool and early school years is critical. (Post reissued)

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To bad-mouth: verb

Okay – so we’ve got used to this new verb. But it still sounds like slang. But ‘to empty podium’??? On BBC Radio 4 too. Poor Mr. Cameron – they threaten to empty podium him and carry on with debates … Continue reading

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The Lady and the Lion

I am proud to announce (with sound of trumpets) that Pip Harrison and I have got to the end of The Year of the Fairy Tale. The last set of resources based on two similar stories by the Brothers Grimm … Continue reading

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Cinderella

Pip Harrison, New Zealand writer, has rewritten the well-known tale from the Fairy Godmother’s point of view. The RA is approx. 11y for older children, or to be read aloud. ‘…Amidst it all, the prince and Cinderella gazed at each … Continue reading

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If you’re a good girl…

Today I chuckled to hear a small child promise from her buggy, ‘If you’re a good girl, you can have an ice cream.’ It was a shame her mother didn’t clarify things even by the joke response, ‘I’m always a … Continue reading

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The Twelve Brothers

“…As the young men pushed open the gate, she picked the twelve flowers. With each snip one young man after the other rose up from the garden, arms turning to great black wings, noses to beaks, legs to claws – … Continue reading

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Little Red Riding Hood

“Shall I walk with you?” said the wolf. “Oh, no, sir, thank you. I can quite well walk by myself and I expect you have wolf things to be getting on with.”  “Well, there is one wolf thing I could … Continue reading

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Blondine, Bonne-Biche & Beau-Minon

Another Traditional Tale has been uploaded to TES. If you do not get your resources from TES, you can find the ‘long and short of it’ versions (as above) here. The original story – from a book of Old French … Continue reading

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So…

Where did it come from – the ubiquitous empty ‘so’? Did it travel along with the dreaded upspeak (or uptalk)? I am getting to the point where I take no notice of the intended message someone is imparting but tally … Continue reading

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Go find (this wonderful book)

Just finished ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue (Picador, 2011), a book I found hard to put down but did not wish to finish. Even read some bits twice. Don’t look at a description of it or you may suspect it will … Continue reading

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Can you see what I mean?

This post is to highlight a published resource I designed but cannot put on TES (although I have a section of free resources there which you can find described on the page Read for Meaning/Inference in the list on the … Continue reading

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A real there there

My grammar check immediately spots I have repeated a word, but never mind! As soon as I heard this wonderful new noun (a ‘there-there’), I found it captivating. How much more immediate than solace or consolation. Other recent activity has … Continue reading

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I smell a rat…

I see it floating in the air; I’ll nip it in the bud! From English Language lessons many years ago this Mixed Metaphor sprang to mind when I heard another lovely example on the radio recently: ‘We’ve opened the Pandora’s … Continue reading

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Keeping text simple

It can’t be hard to make things simpler… can it? Well, actually, it can be quite tricky. Creating or adapting resources for children with language impairment can take a long time. Not only that. After using the resources it may … Continue reading

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2-word and 3-word levels

It may not sound much but…

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