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Constructive English learning objectives

 Constructive English is the name that the school uses for the direct teaching of parts of speech, sentence analysis, punctuation and correct usage. The programme is cyclic. Each year new concepts are taught and others revisited and extended. The content of Constructive English lessons feeds directly into written expression where the new knowledge is put to use.

Pupils will:
  • learn the meta-language to describe language;
  • develop the knowledge base for making correct judgements on different forms of usage ;
  • use their new understandings in their own written language.

STRUCTURE

Parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, articles, interjections, parsing

Sentence structure: sentences, phrases, clauses, analysis of sentences

Punctuation: capital letters, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, comma, quotation and direct speech marks, apostrophe, colon and semicolon, brackets, dash, hyphen, ellipsis

Correct usage: Often-confused words, homonyms, making sense, origins of words, figurative language

 

See also Constructive English programme content