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A fun grammar lesson? You must be joking

While learning the rules of language is vital, pupils can find it difficult to engage with this complex subject, so use the connection between linguistics and joke-writing to embed grammatical knowledge, urges children’s author Gareth P Jones

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How did the fronted adverbial go to the party?

Happily, he went to the party.

Making jokes is an important part of children’s language development. We make jokes before we understand them. Adults find it funny when young children mispronounce or mix up words, or get confused about meanings. Children learn that their accidental jokes are funny only when they see adults laughing.

I believe that, as children’s linguistic skills develop, their natural inclination to make and understand jokes can be used to help them get to grips with some of the drier aspects of the national curriculum.

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