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Learning to read made life 'so much better', actor and former footballer Ian Roberts says. For Ian Roberts, the most terrifying moment at his Sydney primary school in the 1970s, was having to stand up and read.

Learning to read made life 'so much better', actor and former footballer Ian Roberts says

"I remember this truly sickly feeling," the former representative rugby league footballer tells RN's Sunday Extra. He says that although he was "100 per cent with numbers", when it came to reading and spelling, he "fell through the gaps of the education system". "K and C sounded the same, why were they different? Language was always confusing," he says. "I used to ask the teachers, 'Why, why, why? '" Luckily, Roberts could ignore the world of books, forms, and newspapers as he went on to become a star rugby league player and Australian International. La Trobe University SOLAR Lab aims to improve phonics teaching in education degrees - ABC News. Learning to read isn't as easy as learning to talk, because it is not an innate ability — it has to be taught.

La Trobe University SOLAR Lab aims to improve phonics teaching in education degrees - ABC News

At least, that's the battle cry of phonics advocates on one side of the 'reading wars'. If you turn the debate book over, you'll find other literacy experts who disagree and believe that reading is a natural ability. Embedding literacy coaches 'absolute gold' for one Tasmanian primary school - ABC News. A primary school in Hobart's northern suburbs has dramatically improved its students' literacy by blending innovative ways of teaching with tried and true methods.

Embedding literacy coaches 'absolute gold' for one Tasmanian primary school - ABC News

Key points: Almost half of Tasmanian adults are functionally illiterate, meaning they don't have the literacy or numeracy skills needed to function in a technology-driven worldIn 2016, Hobart's Rosetta Primary realised some of its students were not improving as they shouldSince introducing a new method of teaching, some students' tests show more than a year of learning in just 12 months In 2016, senior staff at Rosetta Primary realised some students' results were not improving as they should. It's its: Understanding the rules of apostrophes, and the exceptions - ABC News. Copywriter Simon Griffin thought he knew the rules of apostrophes, until he tried to explain them and discovered there are exceptions to every rule.

It's its: Understanding the rules of apostrophes, and the exceptions - ABC News

Like many people, Mr Griffin was becoming increasingly frustrated by the apostrophe mistakes he was seeing at work and on social media. "I was working with some designers and one or two of them would remove apostrophes from headlines because they didn't look nice, so I explained that if they removed an apostrophe it changed the meaning of the words," he told Gillian O'Shaughnessy on 720 ABC Perth. "[But] the more I tried to explain to them, the more I found myself going in circles.

Why I can't be angry with my teenager for swearing (artfully) - ABC News. Why handwritten letters are becoming more precious in an increasingly digital world. Updated about an hour agoThu 26 Dec 2019, 9:45pm The most expensive pen I ever sold was about $2,500.

Why handwritten letters are becoming more precious in an increasingly digital world

First library in Victoria to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week has town buzzing. Updated 29 minutes agoThu 26 Dec 2019, 10:22pm Mornings are busy at Victoria's Foster Library.

First library in Victoria to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week has town buzzing

Key points: The first library in Victoria giving 24/7 access has dozens of members sign up in a monthWest Gippsland Libraries says the round-the-clock access better suits the community because most people work more than 35 hours a weekMembers say it gives more freedom to be able to visit the library outside of traditional hours. Widgit SymbolWorld: Categories : index. Word Games Word Morphs Worksheets. Multiple Intelligences. Cryptic crosswords too confusing? Decipher them with these seven common clue recipes. Posted 7 Jul 2017, 10:00pmFri 7 Jul 2017, 10:00pm Have you tried your hand at the cryptic crossword, only to find it too cryptic?

Cryptic crosswords too confusing? Decipher them with these seven common clue recipes

Writer and broadcaster David Astle creates crosswords for Fairfax newspapers under the initials DA, which fans say stand for "Don't Attempt". But Astle said anyone could attempt cryptic crosswords with a little knowledge of how they worked. Here he gives seven clues, each one an example of a common cryptic crossword recipe. Sweet stall (5) The best way to get started on a cryptic crossword, Astle said, was to look for the shortest clue. Sans Forgetica font makes readers remember text by being harder to read. Updated Fri at 11:32amFri 5 Oct 2018, 11:32am In an age of information overload, it's good to have some memory hacks up your sleeve.

Sans Forgetica font makes readers remember text by being harder to read

The font's reader-unfriendly gaps and slants make the brain work harderIt is not designed to be used for large blocks of textThe font is a result of psychology and design research And text in its multitude of applications has become a style destination in its own right. Now a team of experts have developed a font specifically designed to help you remember things, aptly named Sans Forgetica. Sans Forgetica. Should you be using 'less' or 'fewer'? - RN.

Posted As anyone who writes "Oxford comma enthusiast" in their Twitter bio will gladly tell you, English possesses quite a few rules.

Should you be using 'less' or 'fewer'? - RN

One of these rules revolves around when it is correct to use less, and when it is correct to use fewer. Here is the rule as it is often expressed: Fewer refers to numbers of things. Less refers to quantities of things. For most style guides, this is about as far as the issue is usually pursued. Antigrams. Australia shoots up international rankings in reading among Year 4 students.

Posted Australia has shot up the international rankings in reading, reversing a decade of underperformance in literacy achievement in the country's schools.

Australia shoots up international rankings in reading among Year 4 students

Key points: Australia's Year 4 students ranked 21 out of 50 countries for reading, up six places since the last study in 2011Australia outperformed countries including France, New Zealand and SpainFederal Education Minister says the results indicate teacher and school reforms are paying off The Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS) ranked Australia 21 out of 50 countries among Year 4 students. This is up from a ranking of 27 when the last study was done in 2011. Singapore and Russia were the stand-out international performers in reading, the study found.

Northern Ireland, England, Ireland and Poland were all in the top band of performance. Australia fell in the middle band, along with the USA and Canada, but outperformed other countries including France, New Zealand and Spain. However, it was not all good news. Getting boys to love literature and reading: One school's bid to improve English results. Updated Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek.

Error loading player: No playable sources found Video: Student Alexander Lorenzon wrote a slam poem from the perspective of Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet (ABC News) There is a national focus on engaging girls in maths and science, but the underperformance of boys in literacy attracts little attention. Compound Complex Sentences Examples.

Compound Complex Sentences To understand a compound complex sentence, let's review compound sentences and complex sentences. A compound sentence is made of two simple sentences joined by a conjunction. A complex sentence is made of a simple sentence and a dependent, or subordinate, clause (has a subject and a verb but does not express a complete thought. So, a compound complex sentence is made up of more than one sentence joined by a conjunction, and at least one of those sentence is complex. In other words, it is a compound sentence with a dependent, or subordinate clause. English Grammar 101 - Clauses, Lesson 9: Complex and Compound-Complex Sentences.

Before we arrived at school, we met up at the coffee house across the street. We met up at the coffee house across the street [independent] + before we arrived at school (dependent) = complex sentence (Before we arrived at school),[we met up at the coffee house across the street.] Clara, who has an incredible voice, was asked to sing the school song. Clara was asked to sing the school song [independent] + who has an incredible voice (dependent) = complex sentence [Clara, (who has an incredible voice), was asked to sing the school song.]

The book that I had found disappeared after Julia returned it to me. The book disappeared [independent] + I had found that (dependent) + after Julia returned it to me (dependent) = complex sentence [The book (that I had found) disappeared] (after Julia returned it to me.) SMART Teaching Strategies. Cohesion in texts includes the use of connectives and conjunctions and more sophisticated texts effectively use a variety of referring words, substitutions, word associations and text connectives to improve the flow of the writing. It refers to the use of linguistic devices to join sentences together, including conjunctions, reference words, substitution and lexical devices such as repetition of words (or synonyms), collocations and lexical groups. Students need to connect ideas in logical ways in order to display and build precise factual knowledge, develop their ideas to persuade more convincingly and express more complex relationships in their speech and writing.

Conjunctions and connectives are cohesive devices that work to improve the flow of the writing. Conjunctions operate within sentences and connectives relate to meaning between sentences. Different types of conjunctions are used to express different types of relationships between ideas. Activity 1. Sentence Structure Games for Middle School. In middle school, students learn the different types of sentences: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex. They also learn the components needed for each type of sentence, such as independent clauses, coordinating conjunctions and subordinate clauses. While most students learn to recognize sentences and sentence components by diagramming, sentence structure games can be more fun for your class and allow students to learn from each other.

Sentence Scramble Games Sentence scramble games help teach students different types of sentences and sentence structure by having them put together a sentence rather than diagram it. Divide your class into several groups, and hand each group a baggy containing cutout words. Chart of English Language Roots - PrefixSuffix.com. OnlineReader : Fantastic Mr Fox. Down in the valley there were three farms. Effective literacy practice years 5-8 / Planning for my students' needs / Literacy Online / English - ESOL - Literacy Online website - English - ESOL - Literacy Online. English Online / English - ESOL - Literacy Online website. Prefix Flash Cards Word List. Word roots: The web's largest root words and prefix directory. 14 Tools to Help Students Improve Writing Skills.

14 Tools to Help Students Improve Writing Skills. Quiz Gerunds, infinitives and to + infinitive - Quiz General knowledge. Purdue OWL Writing Exercises. Recognizing Shifts in Sentences Check the following sentences for confusing shifts in tense. If the tense of each underlined verb expresses the time relationship accurately, write S (satisfactory). If a shift in tense is not appropriate, write U (unsatisfactory) and make necessary changes. In most cases with an inappropriate shift, there is more than one way to correct the inconsistency. MyRead – Home. Stepping Out Literacy - Steps Resources - The Department of Education. Tar Heel Reader. How misused modifiers can hurt your writing - Emma Bryce.

When to use apostrophes - Laura McClure. To learn more about this punctuation mark, start by reading the two Grammar Girl posts here and here. When to use "me", "myself" and "I" - Emma Bryce. Verb Tenses Exercises & Answers. Dolch Word Search Puzzles - Reading Worksheets, Spelling, Grammar, Comprehension, Lesson Plans. BoomWriter - Teacher Login. List of Adverbs. Home. Catalog your books online. Most literate nation in the world? Not the U.S., new ranking says. Literably Is An Excellent Reading Site — If Used With Caution. Why is English so hard to learn? The prime minister, David Cameron, wants more Muslim women in the UK to be taught English to reduce segregation between different linguistic communities and even limit the lure of extremism.

Schools need advice on how to help students with reading difficulties. Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help. A couple of years ago, early one morning, I received an SMS advising “resadents to stay indoors because of a nearby insadent”. English Grammar Lessons for Teachers and Students. Dictionary Stories — Wait, what? Free English Worksheets. English Grammar Lessons for Teachers and Students. SMART Teaching Strategies. Friday Fun Archive. Projects to Engage Middle School Readers. NAPLAN 2010 Teaching Strategies. Spelling Poems: Poetry for Literacy Skills. Home. What Are Modifiers? The Top 50 Punctuation Errors. Gallery of Tattoo Fails with Grammar or Spelling Mistakes. Lessons Worth Sharing. Buffalo buffalo buffalo: One-word sentences and how they work - Emma Bryce.

English Vocabulary. NoRedInk makes learning grammar fun and easy. Spellbee! EnglishCentral. Play online, learn online and feed the hungry. Phrasal Verbs Machine. Phrasalstein Tablet. Vocabulist. Power Words - 189 Words That Convert. Index. Index. Index. Index. How to use a semicolon - Emma Bryce. Discussion Thread about the Joys of the English language. Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Telescopic Text © Joe Davis 2008. English is Crazy. Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing. The Oatmeal - Comics. Texting’s Effect on Grammar is Debated. Global Digital Citizen Foundation. Scootle. Learn English Online_Free Study English Website For English Learners and Teachers,EnglishBus.net. 5 Minute English - ESL Lessons - Helping you learn English. Grmr.me. Understand what you read.