Message to Parents
Time for Better English Foundation is the first in a series that introduces 'explicit teaching' for grammar, punctuation, spelling, the understanding of text types and writing scaffolds. Activities have been developed around the NAPLAN framework for reading, along with specific directives and guidelines from the National Curriculum.
This book will assist a student to develop an understanding of grammar, conventions in punctuation, methods for learning spelling and writing skills. It will gradually introduce the student to various text types. Visual texts are included along with the written. The grammar and punctuation aspects will build from unit to unit, giving the student adequate practice in basic areas and rules.
In each unit a specific area of grammar is presented for the student. Activities to practise the specific part of grammar are provided to help in the understanding and application of that grammar in his or her writing.
Different conventions for punctuation are also defined for the student. These are then followed by examples and activities. As a student completes a unit, knowledge about the convention will build. This will then be reflected in the student's writing.
A variety of spelling activities are covered throughout the book. The aim being to give the student a solid basis of phonics as well as familiarising them with the spelling of simple sight words. Later in the book, the Look, Cover, Write, Check method is introduced, along with word building, recognising incorrect spelling and supplying missing letters, the aim being to lead on to Book 1.
The student is encouraged to complete a writing activity in each unit. Writing topics are provided to help the student construct meaningful texts for a specific purpose.
Using Time for Better English Foundation will help the student develop necessary skills in English. With 'explicit teaching' and practice activities, the student will gain an understanding of language and its conventions. With that understanding, the student will develop confidence in using grammar, punctuation and spelling when creating written text.