Thursday, 12 September 2013

SPaG blog - let NEC help you improve your skills

Improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar with NEC

NEC has recently put together an educational resource to help improve our distance learners’ spelling, punctuation and grammar skills - otherwise known as ‘SPaG’.

Access to this resource will be included free of charge to all of our learners, and is also available to schools and colleges. If you’re afraid of apostrophes, substandard at spelling, terrified by tautology or confused by conjunctions, NEC’s materials can help you or your learners to improve.

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about SPaG skills. It has been reported that employers feel the levels of literacy amongst school leavers is disappointingly low, and some have have even felt the need to provide their own training for new recruits as a way to compensate.

There has also been a lot of discussion around the awarding of marks for good levels of spelling, punctuation and grammar in the exams of some GCSE subjects, as well as the deduction of marks for poor levels of the same.

We have produced our new resource because we know a lot of hard work and dedication goes into studying, and we want to see those efforts rewarded. We want to help learners achieve the best possible results they can in their exams.

We have consulted from examiners' reports in order to select the topics we cover; with the increased focus on SPaG skills it makes sense to ensure no marks are lost due to the sorts of common mistakes that examiners tend to see. As such, anyone studying subjects on which they will be examined may find our new resource particularly useful.

However, the ability to communicate effectively is an invaluable life skill, so improving your spelling, punctuation and grammar will also be relevant to the workplace as well as the classroom - and beyond!

The topics contained in this resource have been written with the same care we pay to all of our subject-based resources. We've included comments to help develop confidence and suggestions on how to continue learning once a topic is completed, allowing you to check your progress as you work through the materials. Each topic is presented in accessible sections with plenty of examples, and there are activities which give you the opportunity to put what you've learned into practice.

If you want to look up something specific you can check through the clickable index of topics. If you come across terminology that you don't know the meaning of, you can look through our helpful glossary. We have also dedicated a section to the spelling of technical words for subjects such as sciences, geography and history.

For more information on our SPaG materials, other resources, or to view our full range of distance learning courses, visit our website or get in touch. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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