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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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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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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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Loh, Chin Ee – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This paper examines contestations over the value of Literature in the secondary school curriculum in the former British colony of Singapore and the way the Literature curriculum has been framed to understand the various issues surrounding the role of Literature education. Using Raymond Williams' framework of dominant, residual and emergent…
Descriptors: Literature, English Instruction, Aesthetics, Foreign Countries
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Cannon, Michelle; Potter, John; Burn, Andrew – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This paper reflects on recent projects in a variety of media forms, in both formal and informal educational settings, discussing ways of expanding our notions of literacy practices which reflect their place in the wider lived experience of digital culture. We have collected these reflections under three headings. The first of these, Dynamic…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Literacy, Play, Semiotics
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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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Jones, Susan – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
The film, "I, Daniel Blake", has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of the experiences of those attempting to navigate the bureaucracy of the British welfare state system. In this article, I use the depiction of literacy in the film as a lens through which I examine both the role of literacy in compounding the challenge for…
Descriptors: Didacticism, Literacy, Functional Literacy, Social Justice
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Safford, Kimberly – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
The research examined the impact on teachers of the grammar element of a new statutory test in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in primary schools in England. The research aimed to evaluate the nature and the extent of changes to the teaching of grammar and to wider literacy teaching since the introduction of the test in 2013. The research…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grammar, Language Tests, Interviews
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Williams, Sandra – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
In this article, the "Ologies" series of books are interrogated with a focus on whether they present new challenges for the reader or merely require previously acquired skills. The multimodal texts are unusual in that they combine non-fiction with fantasy while including tactile elements such as flaps, pull-outs and items to stroke. Ways…
Descriptors: Fiction, Nonfiction, Mythology, Literary Styles
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Coultas, Valerie – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This article uses documentary evidence to review debates on spoken language and learning in the UK over recent decades. It argues that two different models of talk have been at stake: one that wishes to "correct" children's spoken language and another than encourages children to use talk to learn and represent their worlds. The article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Classroom Communication, Speech, Democracy
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Begum, Fateha Subhan – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
Through a focused discussion on literature and the reading of texts, this essay explores the cultures and histories students bring into the classroom. I investigate how students approach school and home literacies. At the heart of this research is (some) Muslim male students' perception of reading and literacy, their sense of what English is and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Literacy, Muslims, Student Attitudes
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Sabeti, Shari – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
This article examines two comic book adaptations of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" produced for teenage readers and used in school classrooms. It seeks to understand the ways in which particular kinds of literacy are being implied and constructed through the textual practice of multimodal adaptation. It presents a close reading of sections of…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, Classics (Literature), Adolescents
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Johnson, Latrise – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
Literacy classrooms are places of tension in the shaping of literate identities for Black male students because of classroom and cultural mismatch, racialized literacy beliefs and deficit views of Black male literacy achievement. However, research on connections between students' out-of-school literacy and academic literacy participation tells a…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, African American Students, Males, Literacy
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