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originally posted by: DISRAELI
I've still got the lesson notes which my father wrote out when he was on teaching practice, in 1939.
I've just discovered a fascinating lesson (designed for 12-year olds) on correct use of the verbs "lie" and "lay".
Perhaps I could type it out and post it for comparison purposes.
originally posted by: anxiouswens
Yes probably because our schools are full to breaking point. In some schools English is a second language for many. Teaching assistants who were originally employed to help struggling British children now have most of their time taken up helping children who have just arrived and dont speak any English. British children are just left to fall further behind.
Also because of cuts things like dyslexia arent being picked up sooner as teachers are struggling with classes of 30 children and dont have the time to give individuals one on one time and by the time it is picked up on it is too late and appointments to be diagnosed are few and far between.
Why do I know this because my niece is Deputy Head at a school in London where 80% of pupils arent British born and a lot dont speak English and where metal detectors are on doors to stop children bringing weapons into schools and my other niece is a teaching assistant specialising in special needs and dyslexia but all her time is taken up eith children who are newly arrived. Two of my friends are also teachers and say the same.
But hey we have now said we will take anothet 3,000 children as well as 20,000 plus family members. Just let the world in and sod British children afterall they are second class citizens now dont you know.😅a reply to: woodwardjnr
originally posted by: woodwardjnr
a reply to: anxiouswens if you've ever been to Europe you will notice most people can speak English as a second language, from Holland Germany and Spain, the French are a little more proud and would prefer you speak French, but most countries in Europe children learn English as a 2nd language from an early age. No wonder employers want to keep employing migrants over British workers. When they say British workers lack key skills, they mean the ability to comprehend and communicate in English. Instead of blaming immigrants we should be ashamed of our ability to teach English to our own kids and stop using scapegoats to pass the buck onto all the time.
I suspect that things started getting more "relaxed" during the late Sixties.
Professor David Crystal, linguist and author of Wordsmiths And Warriors: The English-language Tourist’s Guide To Britain, adds: ‘Groups and bonding are especially important to teenage girls so, if there is a feature which is perceived to be cool and fashionable, you are almost certainly going to get it spreading like wildfire in that particular age group.
‘It is already many people’s ordinary speech and will stay with them into adulthood’
- Professor Kerswill
‘It is now perfectly normal for kids to leave junior school, start senior school and switch their accent and dialect.’
Experts agree that MYE has spread quickly because of mobility between cities, and also technology. Worryingly, it is projected to usurp some traditional regional dialects, such as Cockney in London, within the next 20 years.
In cities, the problem is so acute it even affects the school choices parents make for their children.
Rock star Paul Weller is one of them, admitting that he chose private education for his children over the local comprehensive near his home in London’s wealthy Maida Vale because of the way local teenagers speak.
‘I don’t want my kids coming home speaking like Ali G — I’m just not having it,’ he says.
It is not just snobbery about accents which is stoking parental concerns. Diction has a direct bearing on how speakers are perceived, especially in the job market.
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I was obsessed with the opposite sex. It's all I thought about and cared about. I would plan my seating based on who I could try and get the "eye off" or play "footsie with,....
originally posted by: woodwardjnr
Young people aged between 16 and 19 have been found to possess only a “basic” grasp of maths and English, with nine million people of working age having low literacy or numeracy skills. The report, conducted by the OECD (the Operation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) found that out of 23 developed nations, English teens had the lowest literacy rates and the second to lowest numeracy rates.
Well this is a bit embarrassing. Thank god for auto correct. I don't really know why this is the case and the article doesn't really go onto explain why. I'm sure many will put it down to reliance on technology, but it must be something more fundamental than that.
I remember my English teachers were never that great I remember getting a B grade and C in my English GCSEs, but still never felt that confident in my teachers. I think these things probably start at home and if you don't have books around you and not encouraged to read, your always going to have problems. www.independent.co.uk... ml
When I was volunteering at a youth club, I was always shocked at the poor standard some of the kids had both with English and maths