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Locke, Terry – English in Australia, 2018
This review essay begins with the premise that we are all writers. However, for a number of reasons, many teachers struggle to identify as writers and teachers of writing. In the current environment, the need for schools to adopt pedagogical practices facilitating the development of disciplinary literacies means that teachers cannot avoid the task…
Descriptors: Authors, Self Concept, Teaching Methods, Writing Teachers
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Driver, Duncan – English in Australia, 2017
This essay seeks to recognise the value in a literature-focused model of the discipline of English, using I.A. Richards, C.K. Ogden and the American New Critics as models of critics who placed the text, and the reader's relationship with the text, at the centre of any study of literature, arguing that this relationship is analogous to that which…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Critical Literacy, Aesthetics, Poetry
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Anson, Daniel W. J. – English in Australia, 2016
This paper investigates the language of the 2009 NSW Stage 6 English Syllabus. I argue that the language of the syllabus aims to create two distinct subjects: Subject English, that is, what students learn; and the subject position of its students, that is, what students are expected to become. Analysis reveals themes of personal development and…
Descriptors: English Instruction, National Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Individual Development
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Gannon, Susanne – English in Australia, 2009
A critical/creative paradigm in contemporary English carries with it an imperative that students should be given opportunities for deep engagement with texts relevant to what matters in their everyday lives. In this paper, I argue that the materiality of everyday life includes the physical and geographic places where we live. When students live in…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Opportunities, Pragmatics, Second Languages
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Golsby-Smith, Sarah – English in Australia, 2009
The English teaching profession, spurred on by media and federal politics, has tended to construct aesthetic reading and political reading within a dichotomous conceptual framework (Morgan, 1997; Devine, 2004; Donnelly, 2007). The article argues that this need not be so, and that the two apparently opposed modes of reading can be performed not…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, English Instruction, Aesthetics, Political Issues
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Beavis, Catherine – English in Australia, 2008
In his paper in "English in Australia" in 2002, Bill Green called for a literacy project of our own, and for the need to think again, and think newly about the place of literary literacy within contemporary curriculum. But what does literary literacy mean in curriculum that recognises a wide diversity of texts and literacies? If…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, English Instruction, Aesthetics
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Gannon, Susanne – English in Australia, 2008
This paper reports on one strand of a research project conducted with prominent writers who are also English teachers from around Australia. It asks what were the conditions which led these writers to come to writing and what conditions have they created in their own work with high school students that establish and promote an enabling pedagogy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Writing Instruction, Ethics
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Sawyer, Wayne – English in Australia, 2008
Gunther Kress's call for a curriculum based on textual creation in a global era of instability is particularly appropriate to the present historical moment. Here I argue the need for a notion of creativity as the basis for a national curriculum in English. The kind of creativity envisaged issues out of a systems theory approach which sees…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Creativity, Curriculum Design
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Anderson, Neil – English in Australia, 2007
In order to better understand the worth of aesthetic experience in encountering poetry, fresh perspectives are helpful. This paper introduces the reader to modern stylistics: that is linguistic examinations of "the speaker's meaning" in literature and notes such "scientific" approaches to poetry do find common metaphysical ground with leading…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Poetry, Aesthetics, Metacognition
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Morgan, Wendy – English in Australia, 2007
In this article, the author reflects on Statement Three of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) "Statements of Belief". The third statement begins: "We value the power of the imagination and literary expression to provide pleasure and enrich life." Statement 3 has two parts. It identifies what the study of literature…
Descriptors: Literature, Imagination, Aesthetics, Creativity
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Kress, Gunther – English in Australia, 2002
Discusses what English is for in the era of globalization. Explains new tasks for English; English in the era of information and communication; and aesthetics, ethics, and texts as the purposes of English. Concludes that a rich version of English is the subject which still mediates understandings of taste, in its multiple and various textual…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Creativity, Cultural Context, Curriculum Development