What can we learn from children's writing? 30 May 2013Last updated at 20:45 ET A BBC Radio 2 short story competition aimed at children up to the age of 13 has had 90,000 entries. It's an exercise in creativity but the words they used have also been put into a database which gives us an insight into the way they think. Every one of the 40 million words from the story-writing competition has been collated and analysed by lexicographers at the Oxford University Press, in order to monitor and track children's language. It is the third edition of the 500 Words competition, organised by the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, and the second year the OUP has analysed the entrants. Here are some of the findings. Kids write "mum" more than "dad" Mums may get more mentions but dads are portrayed as action men The most common word of all was "mum" - or some variation of it, such as "mam" or "mar" - with a total of 115,627 mentions. "Dad" trailed behind, only just scraping into the top 15 most common words, with about half of the mentions of "mum".
Easy English news, short news, English story, reading skills for you How the English language is, like, changing A UK child is likely to say the word ‘like’ five times as much as his or her grandparents, language researchers say. The word ‘love’ is used more than six times as often as ‘hate’, while ‘save’ is used with ‘money’ twice as often as the word ‘spend’. The research, which is part of the Cambridge English Corpus – a database of two billion words and thousands of hours of recordings – shows a marked decline in the correct use of grammar. The study found that MPs and other public figures are speaking more informally, with words like ‘gonna’ being used instead of ‘going to’. Brian Sewell, the art critic, and historian David Starkey are shown to use formal English, in contrast to Janet Street-Porter and footballer David Beckham, who use colloquial speech. Street-Porter responded to the study by writing in the Daily Mail: ‘Listen to Alan Sugar, David Beckham or Adele and it’s obvious that sounding downmarket no longer holds you back in life… Am I bovvered?
I am nothing On a scale of one to ten, how good of a cog are you? How well do you function in your assigned role? How much of a man or woman are you? How do you know? This is, of course, the path of insanity, and not the good kind of insanity. What will you do if you're too tough to be a good woman, too sensitive to be a good man, too selfish to be a good husband, too lazy to be a good employee, too shy to be a good friend, too caring to be rational, too fat to be pretty, too effeminate to be straight, too introverted to be a good leader, too smart to be kind, too young to be taken seriously, too old to make a difference, or too far behind to even get in the race? These are all false standards and false dichotomies, but they are so common and so ingrained that we sometimes believe in them without even realizing it. That is all so exhausting. I am nothing. But I am nothing, and so I am finally free to be myself. This isn't license to stagnate.
LoudLit.org Sophie's Desk - A Level English help Aims of a language investigation This guide is meant to help you to understand what is required in a Language Investigation and to choose, plan and organise your investigation. A language investigation: can explore any area of language from the prescribed list on the left must be based on original language data which you collect and analyse must be around 1500 words long (no more than 10% over) The investigation is designed to develop your skills as an independent and original language researcher. be independent and imaginative in research ask questions about language and develop hypotheses design appropriate research methodologies find, collect and present original data for analysis find, select and use secondary sources to illuminate their work present clear and well-expressed findings analyse language data using appropriate systematic frameworks that you have selected analyse and evaluate language data present and argue a case draw conclusions evaluate the success of your work.
Newsreel Easy Nyheter från hela den engelskspråkiga världen, presenterade på lätt engelska. Rubriker: Skolflickor i Nigeria kidnappade. En astronaut vill ha bättre mat i rymden. Här kan du skapa egna klipp ur programmet Hjälp Stäng 1. Se en film om hur man skapar klipp. DelaKopiera länken genom att trycka ctrl+C på PC eller cmd+C på Mac. Apostrophe now: Bad grammar and the people who hate it 13 May 2013Last updated at 04:58 ET By Tom de Castella BBC News Magazine Children are again to be subject to a rigorous examination in grammar. But why does it make adults so cross when other adults break the rules? A new grammar and spelling test arrives in primary schools in England this week. It is the first time in a while that such emphasis has been put on grammar. Some of the questions will seem straightforward for many adults, such as where to place a comma or a colon in a sentence. Grammar is not just an educational issue. The research arm of dating site OKCupid looked at 500,000 first contacts and concluded that "netspeak, bad grammar and bad spelling are huge turn-offs". On the other hand, correct use of apostrophes was appealing. Twist Phelan, an American writer who went on 100 online dates in 100 days and later married someone she met online, says grammar is a vital "filter system". Continue reading the main story Try out the new grammar test The wind blew the sign over.
non duality - Never Not Here | Last place you'd ever look, standing right on top of it? Third Coast International Audio Festival :: COMPETITIONS :: ShortDocs :: 2015 Here's your chance to take part in an international audio mega-project, whether you've been making radio for decades, or have always longed to utter "Testing 1, 2" into a microphone. The ShortDocs Challenge is for everyone! UPDATE: the ShortDocs are in, over 150 *studly* specimens! The 2015 ShortDocs Challenge: STUDS RULES As always, ShortDocs comes with a set of rules inspired by a creative partner. Terkel's work spanned an impressive variety of topics and figures - but his recordings have been largely inaccesible to the public. We hope you'll be energized by Terkel's interview style, spirit, and wild curiousity - and then head in any direction you see fit. studs rules...rules Your radio story must: - be two to three minutes in length - be titled with a question that begins with one of the five Ws (who, what, when, where or why) - contain the question "And what happened then?" The deadline for submitting your ShortDoc is 11:59pm CT on Tue, April 14th. MORE ON the rules studs says: Questions?
projects for GCE English Language list compiled by Dick Hudson last changed 24 October 2003 The following are some projects which have been carried out successfully as part of A-level English Language during the last few years. This list is in a provisional format with the projects simply listed as they reached me, in packets contributed by various members of the EngLang mailing list. Where possible, I've provided a mailing address for the contributor in case you want more information. I haven't tried to standardise the format, or even to check for duplicates. Contributors: From Andrew Moore Comments The examples below are outlines of tasks that were undertaken by students for the 2000 exam. See also the one I commend as a model. Student A Comparing commentaries: language features of two broadcast commentaries on the 1999 British Grand Prix. Abstract: This investigation considers structural features of spoken English. Student B Student C Lexical, semantic and grammatical change in Bible translations in the King James tradition
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THIS PICTURE - The Learning Network Blog Photo Students 1. After looking closely at the image above (or at the full-size image), think about these three questions: What is going on in this picture?What do you see that makes you say that? Read more… Updated: Oct. 2, 2015 1. Read more… Updated: Sept. 25, 2015 1. Read more… Updated: Sept. 18, 2015 Welcome back, students and teachers. We’re excited to begin our fourth year of “What’s Going On in This Picture?” We hope students will continue to join our moderators at Visual Thinking Strategies in responding to other students, making the feature truly an interschool conversation. Please note that we’re delaying the reveal until Friday mornings this year to allow students additional time to comment on the image and to reply to other students. Thank you for participating. Read more… Updated: June 2, 2015 Note: This is our final “What’s Going On in This Picture?” 1. What’s going on in this picture? Read more… Updated: May 19, 2015 That’s all. 1. Read more… Updated: May 12, 2015 1. Read more… 1. Read more…
Is good grammar still important? |The Observer Charlie Higson, comedian and author Language is a uniquely human attribute, one of the things that makes us what we are. We are all born with the faculty to use it and all languages conform to the same basic patterns and structures. The idea that we might need a huge rulebook telling us how to use it properly is ludicrous. People all round the world, and for thousands upon thousands of years, have been using language to communicate perfectly well without needing to be told how to do it by a bunch of grammar Nazis who think that the way they talk and write is the correct, unchanging way. I once met a very interesting guy from the OED who was fed up with people misunderstanding what a dictionary is. Quentin Letts, columnist and sketchwriter at the Daily Mail Ah yes, the grammar Nazis. Grammar is the coat hanger on which language can hang. Some lefties put it about that grammar is a horrid thing because it is "elitist". CH: For God's sake, Quentin, they do teach grammar in state schools.