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.
- 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.
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