Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Collection of Children's Project Writing

Nice find from Vicky in A2: A collection of children's written projects from four years, sourced from a school in Lancaster.  They date from mid-90s but have been updated.  A good set of example texts to use in a project or to analyse when we're studying child language development. Includes scanned images and transcripts, and some markup of grammar too.


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Grappling Grammarians

Review of a book about the history of grammar rules and prescription - most relevant to A2 students when their research project is done, so pop back and read it later. They did get cross about their linguisticals.

Grappling Grammarians

Phonemic chart and app | Onestopenglish

Here's a new free web-based clickable phonemic chart, and for the Appley among you, a free iOS app, based on Adrian Underhill's excellent phonemic chart design - the one we use in class.
There's a paid version of the app too - which adds test words and activities. Worth a couple of quid...

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


This database collects words with their lexical relationships. There's a clickable dictionary with hyponyms, hypernyms, synonyms, and other lexical relationships. You can even get a hypernym tree which builds all the way up to 'existence' or 'entity'. Click the bottom link for info about the page, or try this link for a test example: http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?o2=&o0=1&o8=1&o1=1&o7=&o5=&o9=&o6=&o3=&o4=&s=Test&i=7&h=1100000010000000000000000#c

Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed

Clever poem that plays with sentence structures. In particular it uses nested sentences and conjunctions very carefully.

Monday, 7 November 2011

BT's All Talk site

I was a little cynical about this at first, but the activities and ideas seem interesting. This website has several activities to encourage students from 14-19 to explore their langauge use and local dialectal usages. its style is a bit 'GCSE' but the content is relevant for A2s and interesting for AS too. See what you think at the link below.

All Talk

Saturday, 5 November 2011

A sign of the Times’s? (grammarphobia.com)

This issue came up in both AS and A2 classes this week. Even professional publications meet difficulties deciding on a rule in some cases, and there's disagreement at the top. 

This doesn't, of course, mean you can ignore all rules of apostrophes. ;)

A sign of the Times's?