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Wyatt, Mark; Constantino, Dorothy; Cox, Corinne; Gilkes, Kristy; Thompson, Serena; Tiller, Rachael – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
Though there is little in the literature on the teaching of the history of English, criticism of textbooks which over-simplify "the" story as the rise of the standard variety has been more vocal of late. Meanwhile, some academics have argued for focusing teaching on the analysis of texts. This article reports on a unit/module taught at a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, English Literature
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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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Bessell, Jacquelyn; Riddell, Patricia – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
Evidence suggests that some cognitive processes are based on sensorimotor systems in the brain (embodied cognition). The premise of this is that "Biological brains are first and foremost the control systems for biological bodies". It has therefore been suggested that both online cognition (processing as we move through the world) and…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Neuropsychology, Motor Reactions, Memory
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Gilbert, Francis – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
My article argues that the concept of "aesthetic learning" can be helpful for English teachers on two levels. First, it can be a useful identity for English teachers and students to adopt, based upon my own experiences as a secondary English teacher, creative writer and PhD student. Second, I argue that "aesthetic learning" is…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Creative Writing, English Instruction, English Teachers
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Barrs, Myra – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
The last chapter of Vygotsky's last book, "Thinking and Speech," is a compressed argument about the construction of consciousness through the internalisation of language. This article comments on Vygotsky's analysis of the "voyage into the interior" undertaken by oral speech as it is internalised and abbreviated into…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Cognitive Processes, Language Acquisition, Oral Language
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This essay introduces two presentations (or "Vorträge") by Ulf Abraham and Thomas Zabka that were originally published in the German journal, "Didaktik Deutsch." I reflect on the complexities of translation and intercultural communication, and ask how we might meaningfully compare the policy environment of one country with that…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Intercultural Communication
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This essay unfolds through a series of juxtapositions, involving storytelling and writing of a more analytical nature. In thinking about what I "know" as an English teacher, my aim has been to present my ideas in a form that might do justice to the contradictions and complexities of my professional life, including my continuing efforts…
Descriptors: English Instruction, English Teachers, Story Telling, Standards
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Yoder, Amarou – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This paper explores a teacher's furore--my own--by asking how such furores might be considered "in quest of narrative." If so, which one? The answer, I suggest, lies in revisiting the source texts for such a furore, allowing the texts to illuminate the curricula and teaching, rather than the reverse. In so doing, the ethical claim of the…
Descriptors: Narration, Personal Narratives, Vignettes, Curriculum
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Petrosky, Anthony; Mihalakis, Vivian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This essay explores Donald Graves' groundbreaking research of the 1980s. We show how Graves' approach to the teaching of writing built on his sensitive appreciation of the ways children actually engage in the composing process when they are given the opportunity to produce writing that is meaningful to them. However, the issue for us is not simply…
Descriptors: Memory, Essays, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
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Blaisdell, Bob – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This is an exploration of what can happen when a rich, complex, challenging text is read aloud in class, of how students make meanings and connections with their own lives (and of how mysterious these processes often are).
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Literature, Teaching Methods
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Sawyer, Wayne – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This essay focuses on two sites of memory in my professional life. One is from my very early years of teaching, the second from about 10 years later. Each is centred on a moment of controversy in English curriculum in New South Wales, Australia, and each is to do with the teaching of writing and the supposed neglect of language study, including…
Descriptors: Grammar, Memory, Course Descriptions, English Curriculum
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Hibbin, Rebecca – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
The oral re-telling of traditional tales, modelled by a storyteller and taught to children in school, can be understood as "non-instrumental" practice in speaking and listening that emphasises oral language over the reading and writing of stories. While oral storytelling has significant benefits to children's education and development,…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Oral Language, Elementary School Students, Barriers
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Reid, Ian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
Underlying the generally oblivious attitude of teachers and learners towards the past is insufficient respect for the role of memory in giving meaning to experience and access to knowledge. We shape our identity by making sense of our past and its relationship to present and future selves, a process that should be intensively cultivated when we…
Descriptors: Memory, Recall (Psychology), History Instruction, Novels
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Zabka, Thomas – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
My argument is that a literary education should build on a primary level of responsivity towards literature, involving empathy and immersion in the world of the text. To engage with literary works from the past involves a play between familiarity and strangeness, and this play should be located as part of a reader's response to texts, rather than…
Descriptors: Literature, English Instruction, Familiarity, Reader Response
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Abraham, Ulf – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
Among educators in the field of language and literature, in the German-speaking world and beyond, the concept of "competence" has been gaining ground for three decades. This article questions the validity of prevalent competence definitions, which by focusing on the proficiency of an individual student ignore the fact that in…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Anthropology, Writing (Composition), Teaching Experience
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