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Howie, Mark – English in Australia, 2021
My thoughts on the question of 'Textuality as the Centre of English' were presented at a Roundtable session at the 2020 International Federation for the Teaching of English (IFTE) Conference. Through critical discourse analysis of media and curriculum texts, I highlight how the 'being' of the English subjects is always and already textual in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Poetry
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Brown, Matthew; McKnight, Lucinda; Yager, Karen; O'Sullivan, Kerry-Ann – English in Australia, 2021
This article presents an account of a panel on English teacher agency in Australia at the 2020 IFTE conference, held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The article introduces the way the panel chair set up the concerns of the panel, providing relevant background, theoretical framing, and introductions to the panellists and the key…
Descriptors: Teacher Empowerment, English Teachers, Professional Autonomy, Foreign Countries
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O'Sullivan, Kerry-Ann; Goodwyn, Andrew – English in Australia, 2021
This paper draws from an international case study of secondary English teachers in New South Wales, Australia and England, in which thirty-three in-depth interviews were conducted. The research investigated the impact of educational reform on teachers' professionalism, their pedagogies and their beliefs about the subject of English. It reports on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change
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Goodwyn, Andrew – English in Australia, 2021
The author was greatly honoured to give the Garth Boomer address in 2020. In the strange year 2020, the author "spoke" at the superbly organised online event. In this article the author restates and reframes the case for literature teaching in English classrooms across the globe by arguing for it from the perspectives of modern…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, English Instruction, Educational Benefits, World Views
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Gannon, Susanne; Jacobs, Rachael; D'warte, Jacqueline; Naidoo, Loshini – English in Australia, 2021
Disruptions to learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been one of the most concerning consequences of school closures in Australia during 2020. Carefully planned curriculum sequences and learning progressions were flipped into online formats, with teachers having very little time to prepare and students being unused to learning away from each…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Online Courses
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Parr, Graham; Bacalja, Alex; Diamond, Fleur; Dutton, Janet; McGraw, Kelli – English in Australia, 2021
Many studies have reported the disruption and anxiety associated with initial teacher education programs across the world lurching in and out of online and remote teaching because of COVID-19 related lockdowns. Few studies, however, have homed in on the day-to-day experiences of teacher educators in particular disciplinary specialisms or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, English Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Jones, Zach – English in Australia, 2021
Psychological trauma is swiftly becoming one of the most significant public health concerns and obstacles to effective education in the current teaching climate. This paper responds to my experiences as both a secondary English teacher and registered psychologist, examining the potential utility of trauma literature in the English classroom for…
Descriptors: Trauma, Public Health, English Instruction, English Literature
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Owen, Ceridwen; Enticott, Emma; Harlowe, Joe; Kolber, Steven; Rees, Ellen; Wood, Anne – English in Australia, 2021
In an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19 in Australia in 2020 state and territory governments mandated the closing of schools for all but vulnerable children and the children of frontline workers in various parts of Australia for various lengths of time. In what follows, five English teachers from across Australia reflect on the everyday…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
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Brindley, Sue; Alexander, Piers; Amis, Daniel; Lownds, Sophie; Shaw, Christopher; White, Simone Stephney – English in Australia, 2021
The unexpected advent of a global pandemic and, in the UK, as part of the government response to control the spread of the virus, the closure of schools with just 48 hours' notice, meant many English teachers were faced with entirely new pedagogical, curricular and technological demands. This article reflects on the experiences of five English…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, English Teachers, Online Courses
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Lockyer, Patrick; Snodgrass, Bianca; Ioannidis, Sophie; Sydor, Danny – English in Australia, 2021
In this paper four pre-service teachers share narrative responses to the phenomenon of studying Education degrees at Australian universities during periods of lockdown following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The narratives serve to capture a variety of experiences and emotions of pre-service teachers, with two narratives reflecting the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Foreign Countries
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Petrosky, Anthony – English in Australia, 2021
The space between the two epigraphs presented at the beginning of this article marks the difference between an insider and an outsider. Ms Barbieri, from "Voices from the Middle," made the first comments as an expression of what reflective practice -- observing and critiquing video tapes of hers and others' teaching -- could mean to her…
Descriptors: National Standards, Teacher Certification, English Teachers, English Instruction
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Janfada, Mahtab; Thomas, Chermaine – English in Australia, 2020
This paper examines the ideological underpinnings of the English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum that drive the practice of secondary teachers in Victoria, Australia, and how students' needs and rights are seen and addressed in and through English discourse and hegemony. Bakhtin's (1986) dialogic approach and van Lier's (1996) AAA…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Hidden Curriculum, Multilingualism, Secondary School Students
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McKnight, Lucinda – English in Australia, 2020
The development of curriculum requires dialogue with both past and future. As the state of Victoria gears up to revise the current study design for Literature, one of three 'Englishes' students can study at senior levels, numbers of students opting to take the subject have dropped over recent years. With high-stakes exam-based assessment dominant,…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Foreign Countries, English Literature, Educational Change
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O'Sullivan, Kerry-Ann – English in Australia, 2020
Literature is an enduring and distinctive component in English education and reading is central to teachers' conception of the subject. What continues to be contentious are the ways literature is defined and how teachers' values influence what their students will read. This paper is drawn from a larger research study and reports 18 New South Wales…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Professional Identity, Teacher Attitudes, Literature
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Estens, Peta; Curwood, Jen Scott – English in Australia, 2020
Creativity is integral to the inquiry process. Inquiry-based work highlights students' understanding of the ways that literature and language mediate lived experiences and social relationships. Within the secondary English classroom, students and teachers can engage in collaborative and imaginative activities to read texts, ask questions, and…
Descriptors: Creativity, Inquiry, English Literature, English Instruction
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