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Finding and using materials
Finding materials by level
Click on 'Level' in the blue menu to the left. The menu will expand to show 'Primary' and 'Secondary'
Select 'Primary' or 'Secondary'. All primary or secondary resources will be displayed on your screen, and the menu will expand further to show Key Stages.
Select a Key Stage. All materials for that key stage will be listed on your screen, and the menu will expand further to show year levels.
Select a year level.
Finding materials by topic
Click on the 'Language in use' or 'Grammar' menu to the left. The menus will expand to show lists of topics.
Select a topic. All materials related to that topic will be displayed on your screen. Where applicable, the menus will expand further to show sub-menus.
Browsing by content type
Click on the 'Content type' menu to the left. The menu will expand to show a list of content types.
Select a content type. All materials from the selected content type will be displayed on your screen.
Content types, which are colour-coded, are as follows:
Starters: bite-sized activities for classroom use, many requiring only 5 minutes or less
Lessons: full classroom lessons and supporting materials
Assessments: interactive exercises for practice and assessment
Projects: larger resources for investigative language projects that might span across multiple days
Professional development: resources to support teachers
NC Specifications: the new National Curriculum specifications (in an easily searchable form)
Videos: short instructional videos for a general audience
In this menu you will also find the Glossary, which is a complete glossary including both the non-statutory 2014 National Curriculum definitions of terms and a number of other useful terms.
Finding materials by level, topic and type
Click on a filter box to select a category from the 'Level', 'Language in use', 'Grammar', or 'Content type' menus. Filter boxes appear down the right-hand side of those menus, and they look a bit like this:
Click on multiple filter boxes to select multiple categories, and then press the button. Materials will be displayed that match the filter boxes you've selected.
Englicious remembers the search you last performed, so you can easily amend it.
Note: Ticked items in the same menu are added together with "or" (e.g. find resources marked for either "Year 2" or "Year 3"). Ticked items in different menus are combined with "and" (e.g. resources marked for both "Year 2" and the language topic "Vocabulary").
Using Classroom Materials
Many materials that are 'Starters', 'Lessons', 'Assessments', or 'Projects' include an activity for projection on a smart board or white board. Click the Slideshow icon in the upper right corner of the activity to start the full-screen exercise for use with students.
Some classroom materials include downloadable handouts at the bottom of the page. You can print and distribute these in class.
You can also print Englicious pages for your own reference in class, or for distribution to students.
How to get help
Englicious contains a lot of information that we hope will be helpful to teachers.
Popup help: If you move your mouse pointer over a clickable part of the screen, such as a menu item or link, you will get a brief hint of what that item does.
Balloon hints: Turned on by default, these balloons offer a 'tour' of the features of the current page. The balloon appears after a few seconds. Click or scroll the page to hide the hint temporarily. You can hide particular items or turn them all off. The Balloon button (right) at the top right of the page turns this option on and off.
Glossary popups: Terms highlighted in the text, such as noun, also expand if you move the mouse over them. (Note: In slideshow mode, you need to actually click on the item.) The initial short definition is expanded to the full definition if you click the title bar.
There are also many additional explanatory pages found under the Content type menu on the left.
Professional development pages: Connect to the relevant 'Professional development' page (under 'Content Type' on the left) for more background information on the concepts behind each lesson.
Glossary: Englicious contains an extensive glossary, which you can browse from the menu.
Forums: As well as adding comments about particular pages, you can post questions to the forums for colleagues to answer.
Traditional grammars have relied on ‘made-up’ examples. Englicious is different.
Instead of example sentences like
The cat sat on the mat
we have examples like
Our examples come from natural language corpora. They have been spoken or written by real people. Grammar is the study of the structure of actual English or it is nothing!
Often examples are selected and presented in real time using our ICEBox database technology. This technology is also part of our ICECUP software supplied to academic linguists.
You can see this in operation. If you reload this page you will see different examples.
The advantages are immediately apparent. Most obviously, we can obtain as many ‘real’ examples as we like to aid classroom discussion. Let's look at some examples.
10 common nouns:
4 sentences with common nouns (including compound nouns) highlighted:
Note: Codes of the form [S1A-001 #1] specify the text (S1A-001) and sentence unit (#1) in ICE-GB. Spoken texts have codes starting with S, while written texts have codes starting with W.
We also use examples in some dynamic exercises, so you can also have as many revision exercises as you like.
Why real language is beneficial for teaching
Grammatical concepts can seem very abstract. Stereotypical examples of nouns (cat, mat, etc.) are not much help to students when real uses may be ‘messy’ and far from stereotypical, as we have seen.
This observation informs our approach. We believe it is necessary for students to apply grammatical concepts to real sentences in order to learn them properly. Thankfully, thanks to our corpus resources we have very many real sentences to use.
Ultimately we want students to be able to apply what they have learned to their own language, not just stereotypical sentences they never say or write!
Why is real language not always helpful?
That said, there are many times when simply taking random examples of real language is not ideal for teaching purposes. Examples may be too complex or contain words that are inappropriate, particularly for younger children. And teachers often want to focus on simple structures for sound pedagogical reasons.
So in fact, Englicious contains a variety of types of example.
Random examples drawn unexpurgated from the corpus.
Selected examples taken from the corpus, and possibly edited to make them simpler.
Invented examples, especially for younger children.
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Englicious does use some cookies. However we do not use them for advertising purposes. We use them for the following reasons.
To manage the appearance of menus. If you close a menu, such as Level, Englicious remembers that you closed it. When you go to a different page, the menu stays closed.
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To improve example selection in exercises. If a student has been given the answers to five example texts, it is important to avoid showing the same examples to them again if possible. Pressing F5 to refresh the page will then give you new examples.
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