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Burton, Maxine – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
Victorian fiction can provide a valuable source of information about society by virtue of its topicality and realistic techniques, influenced by contemporary journalism. In particular, the novels of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy throw light on literacy practices, including reading aloud. The higher the literacy levels of the novels' characters,…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Nineteenth Century Literature, Victorian Literature, Literacy
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Brooks, Greg – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
There are many references to reading, and some to writing, in Shakespeare's plays; a list is provided in an Appendix. They are analysed for what they reveal about the social status of literacy in Shakespeare's day, and the references to reading are analysed further according to oral v. silent reading, and whether characters have company on stage,…
Descriptors: Drama, Oral Reading, English Literature, Sustained Silent Reading
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Wells, Gordon – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
Divergent views on the relative value or status of spoken and written language skills may contribute to a disconnect between lay community members and language professionals, activists, or academics, and conflicted approaches to language support, teaching and/or revitalisation. Taking the bilingual Outer Hebrides as a case study, an online…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Indo European Languages, Language Maintenance, Case Studies
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Pugh, Jack – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
This essay attempts to explore the links between politics, poetry, and collective, embodied readings and discussion in the classroom. When my Year 12 class were asked 'What is Poetry?', their answers suggested something in the Romantic tradition -- of poetry as expressive, individual and emotional. My experience studying poetry with my Year 9…
Descriptors: Politics, Poetry, Group Discussion, High School Students
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Sánchez Tyson, Lorena – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
This article explores the relationship between literacy and oracy in the context of "Plazas Comunitarias," a basic education programme in Spanish for immigrants in the United States. I reflect on my experiences as a former "Plazas" facilitator, analyse key literacy materials from the programme and offer observations on reading…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Immigrants, Program Descriptions, Spanish
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Jones, Susan; Harvey, Kevin – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
In this article, we explore how adults in a community shared reading group discuss the notoriously difficult poem 'The Emperor of Ice-Cream' by the American poet Wallace Stevens. Drawing on Hannah Arendt's notion of action, we explore how participants negotiate the poem, actively constructing meanings from their shared personal experiences rather…
Descriptors: Poetry, Oral Reading, Adults, Difficulty Level
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Slay, Laura E.; Morton, Tami B. – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
Today, reading aloud is considered 'a significant component of instruction across grade levels'; particularly as a tool for teaching reading in elementary classrooms. It is basically an essential literacy practice for all student teachers to understand how to implement. In this study, authors understand the importance of modelling effective…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Hartley, Jenny – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
This article describes some of the methodology, practice and effect of reading groups run by Prison Reading Groups (PRG), which currently operates in 60 prisons across the UK, and is supported by the charity Give A Book. Groups choose what they want to read together and how they will read it. Reading aloud can aid literacy as well as being a force…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Literacy, Recreational Reading, Cooperation
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Watkins, Victoria – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
This article is an investigation into the Reading Partners scheme at a large inner London comprehensive school in England; this research comes from a small scale study I carried out as part of my Masters of Teaching at the Institute of Education, University College London. Reading Partners is a project whereby younger and older students within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading, Cooperative Learning, High Schools
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Driver, Duncan – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
English teachers select texts for the edifying qualities they possess: a good poem, novel or film can act both as a window looking out over different lives and as a powerful mirror for reflection. When teachers reflect on their professional practice, however, they generally look to education theory, to research or to action learning strategies.…
Descriptors: Poetry, Literary Criticism, English Teachers, English Instruction
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Shann, Steve – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
Steve Shann's latest book is a novel called "The Worlds of Harriet Henderson". It's about 15-year-old Harriet Henderson who has a new English teacher, Molly McInness, and all at once school seems full of possibilities. But, inspired by Molly and impelled by her own adolescent restlessness, Harriet makes an impulsive decision, a decision…
Descriptors: Fiction, English Instruction, Novels, English Teachers
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Hanratty, Brian; McPolin, Peter – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This paper argues that there is scope for considerable change and improvement in the way in which Poetry is taught at Key Stage Two in Northern Ireland. In making this case for significant improvement, the paper has three interconnected parts. In the first part, a range of critical ideas highlight the richness of poetry as a literary genre.…
Descriptors: Poetry, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Instructional Improvement
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Mirhosseini, Seyyed-Abdolhamid; Kianfar, Roya – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
Decades of theorisation and research on the teaching and learning of second-language writing have hardly created coherent theoretically profound and practically relevant understandings of writing instruction. This article discusses the possibilities and insights created by bringing personal meaningfulness into the realm of writing pedagogy.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Coultas, Valerie; Booth, Paul – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This article records and evaluates a student's learning journey in two modules on an MA (Education) English Language Teaching (ELT) programme: an Oracy and ELT Pedagogy module and an Educational Technologies module. The notions of 'exploratory talk' and 'task-based learning' are explored using a single case study with material drawn from the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Smith, Lorna – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
It is now five years since the introduction of the current National Curriculum for English in England; it is just over 50 years since the Dartmouth Conference drew together American and English educationalists. This paper reports on a hermeneutic study that presents voices from the field of English teaching in England. It asks questions of today's…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Creative Teaching, National Curriculum, Hermeneutics
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