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Routledge Education Author of the Month March 2013: Alison Ross

Alison Ross taught English in Yorkshire Secondary schools and at The Sheffield College till a fall from Stanedge Edge led to freelance employment. A brief foray into stand-up comedy made the challenges of teaching pale in comparison. Storytelling for children and adults was a kinder world. Alison combined this with part-time lecturing in English, Communication Studies and TESOL at local universities, with Sheffield Hallam providing the most opportunities. These days, Alison spends as much time as possible examining for the Trinity College suite of spoken English exams, travelling in Europe, South America and India.

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Working as a Principal Examiner for A Level English Language (and the combined Language and Literature) provided the first opportunities for writing textbooks for students. This proved more successful than early attempts at creative writing, with rejection slips even from Mills and Boon!

“My time at Lancaster University shaped many of my beliefs about teaching and learning. I discovered that English Studies, at best, encompasses not only literature studies, but producing your own writing, and understanding how language works. Our teachers made us beware of the tyranny of Jargon to Impress and Oppress. I may be familiar with tomes on linguistics, but my aim in writing student materials is to illuminate the subject, showing its everyday relevance and leaving the reader / listener with confidence in their own understanding. I would confidently make a money-back offer, if my claim about the Joy of Grammar was not upheld.”

The 2nd edition of ‘English Language Knowledge for Secondary Teachers’ now has all the classroom activities (with commentaries) available to download from the internet. This should make it more user-friendly. It was written to ‘plug the gaps’ for the many teachers whose own education missed out on explicit grammar knowledge, yet are required to deliver it in their classrooms.

‘The Language of Humour’, obviously inspired by a love-hate relationship with the world of comedy, is also available. So many students choose this area for their coursework investigations, yet lack a useful framework for their analysis. The way that humor plays on our existing awareness of language structures also makes examples from comedy an ideal way to introduce the study of grammar, phonology, semantics and pragmatics.

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  1. English Language Knowledge for Secondary Teachers

    2nd Edition

    By Alison Ross

    If teachers are to successfully develop their students' English language skills it is vital that they overcome any existing lack of confidence and training in grammar and language concepts. Language Knowledge for Secondary Teachers is an accessible book aiming to equip secondary teachers with the...

    Published February 18th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Language Knowledge for Secondary Teachers

    By Alison Ross

    In view of the current emphasis on language teaching within the Key Stage 3 Framework, it is vital that teachers overcome any existing lack of confidence and training in grammar and language concepts. Specifically organized around the National Curriculum, this book includes: all the grammar...

    Published February 28th 2006 by David Fulton Publishers

  3. The Language of Humour

    By Alison Ross

    Series: Intertext

    The Language of Humour:* examines the importance of the social context for humour* explores the issue of gender and humour in areas such as the New Lad culture in comedy and stand-up comedy* includes comic transcripts from TV sketches such as Clive Anderson and Peter Cook...

    Published February 26th 1998 by Routledge