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ERIC Number: EJ847292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Re-Engaging Students Disengaged with English: A Unit of Work on Othering
Knight, Assunta
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v8 n1 p112-124 May 2009
The context for this teacher narrative is a multicultural South Australian secondary school with over 50 nationalities represented, where many of the older students are disengaged from English. A transformative moment for the writer occurred following research for here doctoral thesis, which unexpectedly challenged her thinking about the English curriculum, the ever-changing world of the young people in her school and the need to make English more accessible and meaningful for here students. That transformative experience prompted a decision to make the writer's English classroom more interactive, and to link the curriculum more directly to the students' realities. This was done by letting go of the set text and developing a unit of work on "Othering", which involved a variety of media and drew on the experiences of all students. In this way the writer aimed to challenge her Year 11 students, as she herself had been, to undergo a process of transformation. (Contains 1 table, 5 figures, and 1 footnote.)
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research, University of Waikato. PB 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 11; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia