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Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School

A Companion to School Experience, 3rd Edition

Edited by Jon Davison, Jane Dowson

Routledge – 2009 – 348 pages

Series: Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

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Description

How do you approach teaching English in the modern classroom?

What is expected of a would-be English teacher?

This bestselling textbook combines theory and practice to present a broad introduction to the opportunities and challenges of teaching English in secondary school classrooms. Each chapter explains the background to debates about teaching the subject and provides tasks, practical teaching approaches and further reading to explore issues and ideas in relation to school experience.

Already a major text for many university teacher education courses, this new edition has been thoroughly updated in the light of recent revisions to the National Curriculum for English, examination syllabuses and the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. As well as containing critical explorations of the history and definitions of the subject and policies such as the Secondary National Strategy that are appropriate to Professional and Masters Level PGCE study, other chapters present a broad range of effective, innovative approaches to teaching such crucial areas as:

  • reading and writing, speaking and listening
  • drama
  • media studies and information and communications technology
  • grammar, poetry and language study
  • Shakespeare
  • post-16 English language and literature.

Written particularly with the new and student teacher in mind, this book offers principles and practical examples of teaching and learning within a twenty-first century context in which new notions of literacy compete with demands of national assessment. Taking these changing principles as a starting point, the text also addresses questions about the nature of initial teacher preparation and raises issues concerning standards-based teacher education, mentoring in schools and monitoring the development of a student teacher.

Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition Jon Davison and Jane Dowson Introduction to the Second Edition Jon Davison and Jane Dowson Introduction to the First Edition Jon Davison and Jane Dowson 1. Which English? John Moss 2. Battles for English Jon Davison 3. Working With the National Curriculum Moriette Lindsay 4. The Secondary National Strategy Jo Westbrook 5. Speaking and Listening Gabrielle Cliff Hodges 6. Reading Caroline Daly 7. Writing John Moss 8. Teaching Language and Grammar Anne Turvey 9. Media Education and ICT Elaine Scarratt and Rob McInnes 10. Drama John Moss 11. Approaching Shakespeare John Yandell and Anton Franks 12. Possibilities With Poetry Gabrielle Cliff Hodges 13. Teaching English at 16+: GNVQ, Key Skills and GCE A Level Peter Gilbert and Veronica Raybould 14. Teaching English: Critical Practice Jon Davison and Jane Dowson

Author Bio

Jon Davison has been Professor of Teacher Education in four UK universities including the Institute of Education, University of London, where he was also Dean.

Jane Dowson is a Reader in Twentieth-Century Literature within the Department of English, De Montfort University.

Name: Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience, 3rd Edition (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Jon Davison, Jane Dowson. How do you approach teaching English in the modern classroom? What is expected of a would-be English teacher? This bestselling textbook combines theory and practice to present a broad introduction to the opportunities and challenges of teaching...
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