QTS Literacy BoosterSession 1Monday 18th March 2013
QTS LiteracyIntroductionsRationale for the testWhere are the problems?Spelling practiceDoubling consonantsAwkward wordsHomophonesPunctuation exerciseMatters arisingWhat to do this week
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The difference between
feeling your nuts
feeling youre nuts!
What is being tested?In the context of our professional duties we mustbe able to explain complex ideas to a wide audience in a clear, accurate and unambiguous way.
It is this a specific, professional use of English that is being tested.
3.3 Demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teachers specialist subject. Teachers Standards 2012
The teachers knowledge of EnglishA knowledge of how the English language is organisedThe competence to guide children in their reading, writing, speaking and listening.The ability to digest large quantities of written material in a wide variety of forms.To be able to compose, individually or as part of a team, documents of a professional nature.Teachers are in the spotlight and need to be good role models.
Spelling doubling consonantsAccommodationApprenticeCommitteeProfessionalExaggerateSuccessHarassAssessMisspellOccurrence
Spelling awkward wordsIlluminatingIndependentlyFormallyProceduralUnnecessaryPreferenceIneffectivePredecessorAcknowledgeGrammatically
How did you do?What was your score?Did any of the errors surprise you?Did you come across words you didnt know you could spell?Highlight your errors is there a pattern?
Spelling homophonesThe children took too my personality.
MnemonicTwo days ago, I went to work despite feeling too tired to get up.
People off all ages.
Spelling homophonesCould haveShould haveWould haveMust have
contractionverbsounds likeCould ofShould ofWould ofMust of
shudder (conditional verb)I shudder gone to school today.
theirThis is a possessive pronountheyreThis is a contraction of they areThese three words are not related in any wayThese are words to do with place.
Spelling strategiesLook carefully at words that you regularly get wrong andbreak them down into bits(this will help you to see how the part of the word that you got wrong works - it will also provide you with amnemonicto help you to remember the word in the future.)
Do you always hear this word correctly? Sometimes people miss out or mispronounce syllables (e.g. Febuary instead of February)
It is essential to note and practice words or particular latter sequences within words that cause you problems - little and often is the rule.
A lot of being able to spell is using your visual memory.
Punctuation the problemFashion Show and Promthe annual fashion show was held in the school auditorium on february 23rd as always the night was a sellout with almost two hundred people watching the show a number of year 11 students modelled dresses from belle evening wear and tuxedos from toughgear menswear everyone looked stunning in their prom dresses and tuxedos and the evening ended with an auction of dates which raised hundreds of pounds for the prom fund thank you to everyone who took part or helped on the evening the prom was held on june 28th at lumley castle once again the event was a massive success even if it meant year 11 students having to brave the weather to celebrate their time at easington community science college over one hundred staff and students attended and enjoyed the prom awards and disco year 11 voted dominic curry as prom king and lindsey wharton as prom queen everyone had a fantastic time and a big thanks to lynda brown for coordinating the event
TaskWith a partner add the necessary punctuation:capital lettersfull stopscommashyphen(and a sneaky paragraph break)As you do this, explain/discuss with your partner why you are making the changes.
Punctuation the solutionThe annual Fashion Show was held in the school auditorium on February 23rd. As always, the night was a sell-out, with almost two hundred people watching the show.A number of Year 11 students modelled dresses from Belle Evening Wear and tuxedos from Toughgear Menswear. Everyone looked stunning in their prom dresses and tuxedos, and the evening ended with an auction of dates which raised hundreds of pounds for the Prom Fund. Thank you to everyone who took part or helped on the evening. The Prom was held on June 28th at Lumley Castle. Once again the event was a massive success, even if it meant Year 11 students having to brave the weather to celebrate their time at Easington Community Science College. Over one hundred staff and students attended and enjoyed the Prom Awards and disco. Year 11 voted Dominic Curry as Prom King and Lindsey Wharton as Prom Queen. Everyone had a fantastic time and a big thanks to Lynda Brown for coordinating the event.
Web linksSpellzonewww.spellzone.comSome useful free stuff here but to get the full benefit youd have to subscribe worth looking at for the freebies although it is aimed at a younger audience.
DfE site QTS test areahttp://www.education.gov.uk/QTS/Literacy/assessment_engine.htmlWhere the practice tests are (as Im sure you already know).
Grammar monsterhttp://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/practice_practise.htmReally useful, free to access, lots of helpful supportive stuff.
Creative Openings (my website)http://www.steveslearning.comThere will shortly be a page on this site in support of the QTS Literacy Skills Test
What to do this weekFurther awkward words
The vexed issue of apostrophes
Colons and semi colons
Surgery bring your practice test resultsDo practice tests & bring the results to class next week.
Follow the on-line links and see how the materials can helpYou..Get a copy of the book.
IntroductionYou have all achieved at least a GCSE grade C in English and that says something about your ability to use English effectively. You have demonstrated a range of skills in the following areas:Speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately.Expressing yourself creatively and imaginatively.You have become critical readers of a range of texts, including multi-modal texts.Reading to develop your own skills as a writer.Understanding the patterns, structures and conventions of written and spoken English.Understanding the impact of variations in spoken and written language and how they relate to identity and cultural diversity.Selecting and adapting speech and writing to different situations and audiences.
The knowledge of English at a professional level.A knowledge of how the English language is organisedThe competence to guide children in their reading and writing, knowing what good writing looks like and how to guide a child towards improvement.The ability to digest large quantities of written material in a wide variety of forms, be able to understand it and act upon it appropriately where necessary.To be able to compose, individually or as part of a team, documents of a professional nature policies, reports, information for parents and so forth.Teachers are in the spotlight and need to be good role models they therefore need to be people who can with a high degree of assurance, fluency and accuracy use English.
PRACTISE is the VERBPRACTICE is the NOUNPRACTISE is the VERBPRACTICE is the NOUNPRACTISE is the VERBPRACTICE is the NOUNPRACTISE is the VERBPRACTICE is the NOUNwww.spellzone.com