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An interesting thing about verbs...

When I first applied to mark the SPAG tests, I really wasn't sure what to expect.  I loved teaching English, but I was never a great fan of the marking (I'm sure everyone else loves the excess marking).  As a consequence of this, I went into it in a half hearted manner.  I realised that for my shows to be relevant, I should be very familiar with the content of the tests and this would be a great way to do it.  As it happened I did enjoy it and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to develop their teaching.  I'm also very proud to say my marker grade has been consistently 'excellent' since I started.

I have to say that my first marking assignment was to mark the old Level 6 paper and the training session was with the Chief Examiner.  This was the best training I have had in my entire career.

The main nugget of information was to talk about the function of verbs within a sentence.  They're the key to the meaning of any sentence and a good understanding of verbs is essential to good English.

To help you get started in your understanding, why not check out the seventh episode of The Punctuation Show on Facebook Live?  You can see the Facebook Live session on verbs here (please like the page)

If you'd rather watch on Youtube, you can view it here (please subscribe to the channel) 


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