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Editor's letter

In Through the Looking Glass, the following exchange takes place: Humpty Dumpty: "There's glory for you."

Alice: "I don't know what you mean by 'glory'."

HD: "Of course you don't - till I tell you. I meant 'There's a nice knock-down argument for you'I When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."

Sadly, real life is not like this. In our increasingly information-based economy, communication is key. Whether verbal or written, in English or another language, a precise and imaginative use of words (these needn't be contradictory) helps to ease transactions, convey feelings and impart information. t will also become more important to communicate with people in different countries. With 2001 named the European Year of Languages, TES Primary brings you a poster and project to help introduce your pupils to the tongues of our continental neighbours.

Meanwhile, the French, along with the Russians, have much to teach us about the use of talk in the classroom to boost children's learning, as education professor Robin Alexander shows (page 37). Finally, Sue Palmer offers new ways to help your pupils express themselves in writing (page 40). I hope I've got my message across: this is an exciting and stimulating issue of TES Primary.

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