Reading Like A Writer

When planning to teach the Creative Writing A-level for the first time, I was pleased to see the emphasis placed on students reading. One of the units was actually called ‘From Reading to Writing’, and the in-depth commentaries students had to submit with their creative pieces required them to be able to make precise and […]

A Comprehensive Grammar Of the English Language by Randolph Quirk

Lord Quirk dies, but the English Language hasn’t!

Charles Randolph Quirk, Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at UCL, has died. He of the quirky name loved the English language and presided over surveys of its usage, wrote about its evolution from Anglo-Saxon times, and numerous grammars and tomes about its teaching. “Language is power and too much English teaching today is denying pupils […]