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1 A record of attendance. Teachers in schools are required to keep accurate registers, which include a record of lateness as well as of attendance and absences. These are used as a basis for identifying persistent cases of truancy or school refusal. In further and higher education the keeping of an attendance register is also a requirement. Where this is done by electronic means it is known as a computerized register. This facilitates the processing of attendance, retention, and completion data in colleges, universities, and larger schools where greater numbers of registered enrolments are involved.

2 The use of language appropriate to a specific context or social situation. The uses or contexts may be broad categories, such as formal and informal; or more narrowly defined, such as undergoing an interview or dining with friends. The ability to identify or adopt a vocabulary and style of communication appropriate to the situation and context is one of the requirements implicit within the National Literacy Strategy. The minimum core language and literacy skills which teachers preparing for the status of qualified teacher learning and skills are required to demonstrate include an understanding of the concept of register and its implications for student learning.

Further Reading:

R. Hoggart The Uses of Literacy (Penguin, 1992).

Subjects: Education — Bibliography.

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