ERIC Number: ED255922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
International Perspectives on New Models for English Teaching: An Australian Perspective.
The research orientations and perspectives of people participating in the international dialogue about the redefinition of English language studies have been varied. Two broad and overlapping areas are distinctive to English studies: the exploration of human values and experience through the study of literature and the media, and the development of the capacity to explore values and experience through learning to create literary and media pieces of one's own. A commitment to both is a commitment to teaching children how to deal with experience in distinctive ways, ways of meaning realized in characteristic patterns of discourse. Once suggested to be a "contentless" subject, English does--in fact--have a content that involves the various ways in which our English-speaking traditions take experiences, real and imagined, and shape meanings of them in language. It is language as art that is the distinctive feature of English studies. An investigation of a varied range of literary forms encourages students to learn a number of ways to make meanings. Furthermore, to enter with increasing knowledge and understanding into the ways of meaning valued in a culture is part of the process of learning to operate with independence in that culture. The most important implication for English teachers, therefore, is to be conscious of the nature of discourse patterns that give distinctive character to the various forms or genres of English literature. Only when teachers focus with interest and real understanding on the nature of these, will they be able to guide their children in writing the various literary forms available to them. (EL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (74th, Detroit, MI, November 16-21, 1984).