Monday, 12th July

1. The Teacher Tapp app allows teachers to share thoughts and opinions by answering three short multiple-choice questions sent to their phone at 3:30 pm each day. Answers are collated and the findings shared. The idea’s a good and simple one. It’s primarily intended for UK schools but they’re now opening up to other countries.

Here’s more info on the app and here’s the most recent blog post, summarising recent findings

2. New guidance was recently issued by the UK Department (Ministry) for Education on The reading framework: teaching the foundations of literacy

You can’t really argue with the introductory paragraph: Reading is fundamental to education. Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for pupils’ success. Through these, they develop communication skills for education and for working with others: in school, in training and at work. Pupils who find it difficult to learn to read are likely to struggle across the curriculum, since English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching. This is why the government is committed to continuing to raise standards of literacy for all.

PDFs below of the whole thing and the introduction only.

3. The second webinar in the TeachingEnglish series on using literature with young learners and teenagers, Using children’s literature as mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors in primary ELT, is presented by David Valente at 12:00 UK time this coming Wednesday, 14th July. More info and registration here

I hope some of you managed to catch today’s webinar with Gail Ellis and Tatia Gruenbaum on using picture books!

4. And, finally, how about a set from ‘Zamrock legends’ Witch?

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