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Developing SPaG Skills
Fri 20 January 2017, 10:00 – 15:30 GMT
Developing SPAG Skills - using active learning and digital technology to engage learners
Over the last two years both Functional English and GCSE English qualifications have been revised and have become more rigorous and demanding. As a result improving learners’ skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) continues to be a key challenge. This one day course is an opportunity for English practitioners to widen their range of strategies for developing SPAG skills. It explores ways of engaging learners and sustaining their interest, using active learning approaches and digital technology.
Participants will have an opportunity to
- review common areas of difficulty with grammar and spelling
- evaluate some active learning techniques for developing SPAG
- explore the use of vocational texts to embed support with writing
- demonstrate a range of e learning tools to engage learners and create digital resources for SPAG
- signpost some open learning resources for teachers who may wish to develop their own subject knowledge in grammar
- Functional English and GCSE English teachers
- Vocational staff involved in embedded support
- Learning support assistants
Bob Read is the ETF Regional Specialist Lead for English. He has over thirty years’ experience of teaching English in schools and Further Education. Earlier this year Bob set up ACER’s ETF-funded Professional Exchange Network - ‘Using Digital Technology in English Teaching’.