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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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Yandell, John – English in Australia, 2020
In currently dominant accounts, English as a school subject, its content and processes, are construed as an induction into a well-defined, already-established disciplinary discourse or set of discourses. In an attempt to challenge this version of English, I present some examples of autobiographical writing by secondary students and I tell the…
Descriptors: Creativity, English Instruction, Secondary School Students, Lesson Plans
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Merga, Margaret K. – English in Australia, 2020
Although teacher librarians play a role as literacy and literature educators in schools, little research attention is given to this role. In addition, the use of book discussion in school libraries to enhance reading engagement is not often closely considered as an educative practice. This paper draws on qualitative research findings from…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Learner Engagement, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Scarcella, Jessica; Burgess, Cathie – English in Australia, 2019
According to the NSW K-10 English Syllabus, all students should engage with 'texts that give insight into Aboriginal experiences in Australia'. Along with the inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cross Curriculum Priority, this suggests that texts in English should develop deep understanding of Aboriginal cultures, experiences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Awareness
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Bacalja, Alexander; Bliss, Lauren – English in Australia, 2019
This paper reports findings from a study investigating trends in character, historical setting, authorship and themes across Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) text selection lists between 2010 and 2019. We address the fictionalisation and imagining of Australian history through narratives about Indigeneity and settler-colonisation. While we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge, Reading Material Selection
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O'Mara, Joanne; Auld, Glenn; Djabibba, Lena – English in Australia, 2019
In this paper we take on Green's (2017) orientation of the Australian Curriculum: English and consider what might it hold for the students of Australia. We set about analysing eighteen minutes of storytelling by a group of young 9-12 year old Kunibídji males from Maningrida in the far North of the Northern Territory in Australia, making this…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Technological Literacy, Popular Culture, Civil Rights
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Hogarth, Melitta – English in Australia, 2019
It came as a surprise to me, after an extensive Google search and reading of numerous policies, that English, and more specifically Standard Australian English, is not the official language of Australia (ACARA, 2016c; Lo Bianco, 1987). There are examples cited by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (1999) that state, 'English is regarded as…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, English, Language Variation, Foreign Countries
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Manuel, Jackie; Dutton, Janet; Carter, Don – English in Australia, 2019
This paper reports on selected findings from a research study with 211 secondary school English teachers in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. A questionnaire was utilised to gather evidence of teachers' perspectives on teaching, including the continued salience of their initial motivations for entering the teaching profession and their career…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Occupational Aspiration, Teacher Motivation
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Roberts, Arlene – English in Australia, 2019
This article draws on Foucault's work on subjectivity (Foucault, 2000), which has been furthered by Keddie and Niesche's (2017) interpretation of Foucault's work on ethics to explore English leaders' work in two government high schools in Victoria, Australia. A review of the educational literature shows that Foucauldian research in the UK…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Leadership, High School Teachers, Ethics
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McDonald, Sarah – English in Australia, 2019
Boys have long been positioned as marginalised participants in the education system, where categorical notions of boys as failing and girls as achieving persist. These ideas have played out strongly in western societies in the areas of literacy and reading, with a convergence of boys and literacy 'crises'. While it has been documented that some…
Descriptors: Males, Literacy, Masculinity, Web Sites
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Owen, Ceridwen – English in Australia, 2019
Neoliberal approaches to education policy have led to increases in teacher and student accountability, a preference for evidence-informed measurable outcomes and the standardisation of teaching and learning. Judgements of quality teaching and teacher practice are increasingly focused narrowly on students' testable knowledge and skills. This is…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Academic Standards, Educational Change
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Gannon, Susanne – English in Australia, 2019
While there have been various investigations into the impact of standardised testing in Australian schools over the decade since the introduction of NAPLAN testing, few of these have focused on the extended writing component in particular or on the experiences of secondary English teachers. These teachers are of interest because, despite…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Competency Tests, Literacy, Numeracy
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