If you teach English Language A Level, I’d recommend the following online resources:
- Dan Clayton’s blogs –
on English language and on teaching grammar
- The Linguistic Research Digest blog, which was set up by Sue Fox and Jenny Cheshire to share recent linguistics research with A Level teachers
- The relatively new site The Grammar Teacher, maintained by Dick Hudson and Geoff Dean has lots of helpful (and recent and positive) material about grammar.
- Subscription to Emagazine and EMC Extra. Emag is a fantastic magazine for sixth form students of English (all varieties!) and EMC extra is an online resource which is growing all the time. I particularly appreciate the video clips with academics on specific (and often tricky) details.
- Membership of Teachit
- Membership of English Edusites
- Membership of the English Language List (take a personal subscription on this site). This email list is where teachers of A Level Language share resources and discuss aspects of the course. It’s a great community and we all learn a lot from each other.
As for books:
- David Crystal’s Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language is great to have in the department.
- Deborah Cameron’s ‘Teachers’ Guide to Teaching Grammar’ is excellent if you’re less confident on word classes and syntax.
- The new Cambridge Topics in English Language series, edited by Dan Clayton, including ‘Language Diversity and World Englishes’, ‘Language and Gender’ and ‘The Language of Literature’ are essential NEA-reference material for the department.
- For the AQA spec, the OUP textbook (by authors of the old Nelson Thornes ones) is also particularly good 🙂