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Lynsey Hanley: how I became middle class

Governments of every stripe tend to see social mobility as a Good Thing. And so did Lynsey Hanley – but there was a psychological cost, as she recounts in this extract from her new book<p>• Read a Q&A with Lynsey Hanley here<p><b>I can’t remember the day</b> I started calling dinner “lunch” and tea “dinner”, …

Becoming an A level English Language teacher: Linguistic knowledge, anxieties and the shifting sense of identity

Language

Aldi ad campaign labelled 'misleading and disingenuous'

Discount chain ad claims it is cheaper than Morrisons but makes saving by comparing big brands to its own-label alternatives<p>Aldi’s latest promotional campaign has been called misleading and disingenuous after the supermarket claimed that it was more than 30% cheaper than its nearest rivals and …

‘Well I don't feel that’: Schemas, worlds and authentic reading in the classroom

Abstract<p>This article explores reading in the English classroom through a cognitive linguistic lens. In particular, we consider how students' ability …

I had to grow up overnight after my dad's accident

Lily Clark’s father went out for a bike ride one day when she was 10 … and didn’t come back for eight months. He’d been seriously hurt in a road accident and life would never be quite the same for the family<p>I am an ordinary 15-year-old girl. I go to school, chat to my friends, play my clarinet. I …

Life in a refugee camp: 'the cold and fear get in your bones'

Suzanne Moore witnesses the sheer will to survive of people living in a lawless and disease-ridden camp near Dunkirk<p>Donate to the Guardian and Observer charity appeal 2015<p>“I was not born to live here like this,” says Ali. “I have three languages but I really want to learn Japanese. I love Japanese …

Love it, hate it, can’t do without it – teenagers reveal all on family life

We asked young readers, aged 13-18, to share their experience of growing up with parents and siblings. Funny, moving, revealing – here are some of the replies<p>Families are <i>really</i> annoying ...<p>“Why are you so moody?”, “Don’t take your tiredness out on me!”, “Don’t take that tone with me!”, “Where are …

Parenting

The 10 worst parental crimes on social media

A guide for adults who don’t want to shame teenage family members in front of their friends, or make themselves look stupid<p>1 The ‘talk’<p>Every teenager must endure “the talk” before they are allowed access to the internet: a flow of warnings and cautions, making sure you know that “you mustn’t …

BBC Bitesize - GCSE English Language

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Language Learning

Leading writers hope to shift refugee debate with crowdfunded anthology

Monica Ali, William Boyd and Marina Lewycka among the authors recruited with aim of shifting public perspectives<p>Major authors including Monica Ali, William Boyd and Marina Lewycka are lining up to contribute writing to a new crowdfunded anthology which aims to counter the anti-refugee rhetoric in …

Books

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Something serious has happened, but you don’t know it yet

Most of you will still be at work this time of day. Something serious has happened, but you don’t know it yet.When you get back this evening, you …

Crime

A Day in the Life of an Editor

April 10, 2015 | By Kate Foster | 14 Replies More<p>When you, the tired, withdrawn author, come to me, the fresh-eyed, enthusiastic editor, and say, ‘I …

M-learning

Write better, not more

Before you play two notes, learn how to play one note – and don’t play one note unless you’ve got a reason to play it. <br>Mark Hollis<p>The recent Guardian …

Writing

Coming Back to Writing

September 25, 2014 | By Gemma Corden | 24 Replies More<p>When I was a little girl I made a choice. At least I thought I did. I was nine years old. …

Nonprofits

18 awesome ways to say awesome

As we recently asked our followers on Twitter: are you tired of the word awesome? Do you want a different way to express the same idea? Well, we’ve …

Plain English Patrol 4

Having been excoriated so harshly for it a few months back, I’ve been trying to stay off the pedantry. But it’s like being an alcoholic. You take one …

Grammar

Whose tone of voice is it anyway?

Shortly after the PCN launch, we were flattered to receive a tweet from Tim Rich (one of the founders of writers’ collective 26) congratulating us on …

Amanda Seyfried

Copywriting should be conversational, not formal

At university, I would sometimes help friends with their essay writing, partly because I could type and I had a typewriter (remember them?) and …

Copywriting

PS4 and iPad Air ads reviewed

Cards on the table: I’m a confirmed Sony fanboy, having owned all three generations of PlayStation so far. But, like many other fanboys, I’ve been …

IPad Air

Copywriting for relevant attention

A pitfall of writing ad copy is to try and grab attention. The idea is that once people are attracted or intrigued, they’ll read the rest of the …

Marketing

Best poster ever

I’m not sure if this brilliant work is a commercial masterstroke, a postmodern critique of the marketing discipline or a parodic satire of convoluted …

Copywriting

Coping with Pain through Writing

August 24, 2013 | By February Grace | 14 Replies More<p>February Grace<p>My earliest childhood memories are of being in pain. <b>I have lived with chronic pain</b> …

Authors

There’s a reason why smart, rich parents have smart, rich kids

Kindergarten. Age 5. That’s the first time I remember learning something in school. The teacher asked me to spell the word “run” on a piece of paper. …

Education

Hitting rock bottom

I wonder if you have students at your school who had no hope of getting a C grade?<p>The ones whose FFTs are Es or Fs. The ones whose FFTs are Cs and Ds …

Teaching

Do You Have to Suffer to Write?

February 19, 2014 | By Randy Kraft | 37 Replies More<p>Famous authors are often distinguished by horrific childhoods, intensive suffering, depression or …

Authors

Is there a right way to write?

August 21, 2013 | By Scarlet Wilde | 18 Replies More<p>Scarlet Wilde<p><b>All writers tend to be nosey, fascinated by people; how they behave, how they do</b> …

Writing and Acting: How Improvising Helps My Writing

January 5, 2014 | By Louise Voce | 8 Replies More<p>I’m a massive historical fiction fan. Until a few years ago, mainly Roman historical fiction, but in …

Creativity

Opinion: 'Let’s admit it: we have a problem with exams'

A teacher friend once ruefully pointed something out to me. “Results season,” he said, “is as stressful for the teachers as it is for the pupils.”<p>He …

Education