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Su, Chao – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
In this paper, I narrate the long process of my encounters with English language learning and teaching, manifesting characteristics of English teaching at different levels of schools in mainland China. After viewing the limitations of English teaching in mainland China from my fresh point of view as a UK visiting scholar, some suggestions are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bracken, Elspeth – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This essay considers the assumption that the study of English involves engaging students' imaginations to explore a range of interpretations and hypothesise about meaning. It goes on to explore the reading positions of two students in a Year 10 class, who were studying "A Christmas Carol" at GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary…
Descriptors: Moral Values, English Literature, Secondary School Students, Novels
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Hanratty, Brian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This paper has two complementary objectives. After providing some theoretical perspectives on fiction generally, and on the teaching of fiction more specifically, it firstly evaluates, from a literary-critical perspective, a reasonably representative selection of the portrayal of teachers and teaching in some twentieth-century Anglo-Irish fiction…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, English Literature
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Gilbert, Francis – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This article examines the author's interactions with the teaching strategy known as Reciprocal Teaching, sometimes also called Reciprocal Reading, which involves students learning to read collaboratively in small groups. Reciprocal Teaching typically involves students teaching each other by following a rubric of activities that are aimed at…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reciprocal Teaching, Reading Instruction, Cooperative Learning
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Davies, Molly – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
I explore a series of incidents in my English classroom, which occurred while I was preparing my students for their high-stakes GCSE English Language exam ('Paper 2: Writers' viewpoints and perspectives'). I thereby attempt to confront some of my own failings and biases with regard to non-fiction and the teaching of persuasive writing in…
Descriptors: Self Concept, English Instruction, High Stakes Tests, Test Preparation
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Roberts, Jenny – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This essay challenges assumptions that those labelled as "high achievers" are in some way "held back" by those perceived as having lower initial capability. By exploring collaborative pedagogical approaches and focussing on my experiences with two students, with widely differing initial capabilities, and exploring how they have…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Ability, Ability Grouping, Grade 7
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Burgess, Tony – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
Written nearly 40 years ago, Peter Medway's "Finding a Language" continues to be an arresting read, which offers a powerful vision of what might be possible in education. In this brief introduction, I set the work in context, referring to ideas that Pete engaged with and recalling a little of the times.
Descriptors: English Instruction, Humanities Instruction, Intellectual History, Recognition (Achievement)
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Garfath, Toby – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
Dominant and common-sense contemporary conceptions of practice tend to frame the emotional volatility of the classroom--most commonly explored in discussions about student behaviour--as a fundamental obstacle to teaching and learning. The "outstanding" classroom is both orderly and, paradoxically perhaps, characterised by its passionate,…
Descriptors: Play, Secondary School Curriculum, English Instruction, Classroom Techniques
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Bali, Reetu – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This essay explores what the development of writing might look like and how it might take shape in a secondary English classroom. The study problematises current definitions of progress. In direct opposition to standards-driven models, I propose an alternative way of thinking about the development of writers through a series of narrative accounts…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, English Instruction, Grade 7, Secondary School Students
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Douthwaite, Alison – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This article draws on my experiences of teaching "Stone Cold" to respond to a blog post suggesting that the novel holds little educational value. I argue that the novel's narrative style helps to foster criticality while its subject matter can help students see the relevance of literature to the world around them. Relating this to…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Literary Criticism, Literary Styles, Literature Appreciation
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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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Wood, Heather – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
In this essay I explore the constraints and opportunities confronting me as a newly qualified teacher and how these affect my pedagogy. I have reflected on my own development from beginning to newly qualified teacher and considered how such forces have shaped my identity as a teacher, my values and my approach to the job. As part of my exploration…
Descriptors: English Teachers, English Instruction, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes
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Shah, Mehrunissa – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
This essay explores the problematic nature of an enforced monolingual culture promoted by the current Conservative-led UK government. It comments upon the paradoxical nature of the 2014 curriculum that promotes heritage texts and "proper" English, when such poets embraced a Bakhtinian tolerance of languages. It focuses primarily upon the…
Descriptors: Monolingualism, Political Attitudes, Foreign Countries, English Instruction
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Gibbons, Simon – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
Once again, the National Curriculum orders for English are being rewritten. The writers of the new curriculum have looked to the education systems of "high-performing jurisdictions" for inspiration. The result is a curriculum draft that offers a limited view of the subject and one which apparently fails to prioritise the needs of the…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Educational Objectives, Behavioral Objectives, Educational History
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Thompson, Ian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2012
In this article I focus on the mediational role of communicative activity in the co-construction of meaning involved when pupils write collaboratively. I explore the developmental nature of peer intermental or social activity within a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) by drawing on perspectives from sociocultural theory and the dialogical aspects…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Secondary School Students, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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