What Is English Teaching?

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This book explores the question What is English Teaching? from a variety of perspectives, including teachers' beliefs about what they should be teaching, the views of the government, and the reality of young people's experiences in the 1990s. In particular, it explores the question of how - and even whether - the English subject area is capable of meeting its own, and the outside world's, expectations for teaching not only its specialist concerns, but also general literacy. The book explores ways in which the ...
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Overview

This book explores the question What is English Teaching? from a variety of perspectives, including teachers' beliefs about what they should be teaching, the views of the government, and the reality of young people's experiences in the 1990s. In particular, it explores the question of how - and even whether - the English subject area is capable of meeting its own, and the outside world's, expectations for teaching not only its specialist concerns, but also general literacy. The book explores ways in which the teaching of English might develop - for instance, by balancing its efforts evenly between literature study, media study and knowledge about language - and how it might contribute to wider literacy teaching, by sharing its distinctive teaching strategies with teachers of other subjects.
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An investigation into the expectations placed on English instruction from the perspectives of teachers, students, and government agents. Davies, an English instructor and trainer in Britain, reviews the status of English lessons, questions of literacy and literature, methodology, and the development of a British national curriculum in comparison with a New Zealand approach. Three teachers also contribute their analyses of classroom experiences teaching children reading and writing, as well as their recommended strategies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

General editor's introduction
1 What actually goes on in English lessons? 1
2 English teachers' beliefs about English teaching 11
3 The development of National Curriculum English 30
4 English for the future 54
5 Children's reading and viewing in the nineties 76
6 A personal approach to teaching English 105
7 A beginning teacher's perspective 128
8 Summary and implications 139
Appendix: attitudes to English - questionnaire 146
Bibliography 151
Index 154
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