Language Education in the Primary Years provides a coherent and structured account of language and learning and of language pedagogy using a functional grammar approach. It provides a metalanguage essential for the preparation of teachers of English language in the primary years and appropriate for practising educators developing their own teaching programs. The book considers contemporary debates such as 'process versus product' and 'phonic versus whole language', and addresses all important topics including oral language in the classroom, grammatical differences between speech and writing, visual literacy, the impact of technology, the teaching of spelling, models of grammar, and language planning and assessment. The overriding premise of this cumulative work is that a functional grammar provides a structured and systematic way to teach knowledge about language while fostering growth and independence in language use.
Frances Christie is Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education, University of Melbourne, and Honorary Professor of Education, University of Sydney. She has authored, edited and co-authored a number of books in writing development, discourse analysis and educational linguistics.
Foreword by Michael Halliday; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1 Language and literacy; Chapter 2 Early language learning; Chapter 3 Oral language in schools; Chapter 4 Speech and writing; Chapter 5 Knowledge about language; Chapter 6 Teaching reading; Chapter 7 Teaching spelling; Chapter 8 Visual literacy and learning to read; Chapter 9 Teaching writing: the early years of primary school; Chapter 10 Teaching writing: the upper primary school; Chapter 11 Language and design; Chapter 12 Teaching literature; Chapter 13 Some issues for planning and assessment.