I love to share stories with children and help wake up their imaginations and create their own fantastic stories, whilst improving their English at the same time.
- B.A. (University of Cambridge)
- M.A. (Manchester University)
Celebrating Books It’s World Book Day tomorrow! Well, in fact, it’s only World Book Day in the UK and Ireland, where they celebrate the day a little earlier than everyone else. The international World Book Day is on 23rd April. However, in the UK, that often falls during the Easter holidays. Schools in England get so excited about World Book Day that they don’t want… Read More
Storytelling All teachers and parents read stories to kindergarten-age children. It’s a fantastic way to share stories with children before they can read. However, when children start to read for themselves, we often stop reading to them completely. This cuts off a wonderful connection between stories and the spoken word. I have recently been incorporating more story-telling into my lessons with older students, and it’s… Read More
I LOVE reading fiction – the stories, the characters, the writing style – they all fire up my imagination and keep me fully engaged. The non-fiction that I read has to be able to do the same. There are many interesting non-fiction books out there, but if they aren’t as engaging as a fiction book, I find that the facts in them just slip from… Read More
In my primary school, we learned several classic poems, and one which I still remember very clearly and fondly is Cargoes by John Masefield. Each stanza describes a different type of ship and the cargo it carries. Every detail of this poem evokes the individual feeling of the different ships, right down to the word length, and the rhythm of the lines. Compare the ‘Quinquireme… Read More
One of my primary 2 students, Amber, often has very exciting ideas, but in her rush to get them down she struggles to write in a clear and logical way. We have been working on this for a few weeks now, using many different structuring and sequencing techniques. This week, I was very happy to see that she wrote an excellent letter, and even copied… Read More