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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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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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Yandell, John; Coles, Jane; Bryer, Theo – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
Every year since 2007, the Globe Theatre has run the "Playing Shakespeare" project, largely funded by Deutsche Bank. This has three main components: school-based workshops, CPD sessions for teachers and free performances for school students. From 2014 to 2016, we were commissioned to evaluate this project. In what follows, we reflect on…
Descriptors: Drama, Reflection, Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation
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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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Jones, Ken – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
The article describes the increasing discrepancy between the curriculum policies of the Conservative government and the policy directions argued for by business organisations and other advocates of a human capital perspective in education. It traces some of the origins of the current Conservative preference for cultural rather than economic goals…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Neoliberalism, Political Attitudes
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This essay offers readings of three significant texts within the history of subject English: "The Teaching of English in England" (1921), "The Education of the Poetic Spirit" (1949), and "Growth Through English" (1967). These texts each yield valuable insights into what students and their teachers can learn through…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Educational History, Neoliberalism, Teacher Student Relationship
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Newell, Sarah – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This essay explores the role of talk within the English classroom. Classroom talk (in its various forms) is not simply a method for sharing fixed systems of knowledge or information; it is the most useful mechanism for giving learners the space to develop new meanings and new ways of thinking about their surroundings. As soon as learners are…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Dialogs (Language), Adolescents, Small Classes
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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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Philp, Hannah – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This article looks at the ways in which the semiotics of authority are established and challenged during a secondary school English lesson on "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". I focus on the utterances of one student and the context of the classroom in which she finds herself as a means to explore the ways in which pedagogic…
Descriptors: Semiotics, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, English Instruction
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Protopopova, Darya – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
A descendant of Chekhov's extended family, Darya Protopopova has always loved all things literary. When she found out that Chekhov was popular with British modernist writers, she decided to do a master's and then a doctorate in English modernism at the University of Oxford. Having completed both, she chose to spread her love for English literary…
Descriptors: Authors, English Literature, English Teachers, Doctoral Degrees
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Morley, Colin – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
The exercise book has been a ubiquitous piece of school equipment since the advent of mass literacy. This case study explores three teenage boys' exercise books, my father's, mine and a Year 9 in my current school. One each from 1955, 1986 and 2016. It explores how the boys' writing within them was shaped and constructed, for what audience and for…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Case Studies, Educational History, Males
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Abshir, Fatima – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
As humans, we all experience the fundamental need to belong. Often, this sense of belonging is inherited and nurtured by our families and their histories, the languages we speak and the cultures we adhere to; and it is in our experiences and engagement with these aspects of ourselves that our identities are formed, contested, negotiated and…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Native Language, Afro Asiatic Languages, Indo European Languages
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Elliott, Jenny – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This paper explores a three-year Creative Professional Development programme for teachers which encourages them to develop their skills as writers and illustrators in order to bring creative and original ideas about writing and illustrating into their classroom practice. The implicit message within such a programme is that without it, teachers,…
Descriptors: Commercialization, Creativity, Accountability, Creative Teaching
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Whitwham, Ian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
This autobiographical narrative explores how close childhood friendship can be destroyed by the perniciously divisive nature of the 11-plus exam. It describes an irretrievable situation in which all children are victims.
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Parent Aspiration, Secondary Schools, Friendship
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