Back-to-basics English lessons for Australia

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Sat Nov 15 15:18:25 UTC 2008

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Back-to-basics English lessons for Australia

The teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling is set to make a
comeback in Australian schools in a bid to reverse falling standards
of literacy.

The proposals, part of government plans to introduce a standardised
national curriculum in core subjects, could bring to an end more than
three decades of English teaching based on a literary approach and
reinstate the teaching of the basic structures of the English

Among the recommendations is a proposal to teach reading and writing
using the phonics method, which helps children to identify
letter-sound combinations.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at


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