To India and back: the inspirational journey of English Literature

 I’m reading Urszula Clark’s War Words: Language, History and the Discipline of English. Using Basil Bernstein’s model of the pedagogic device, she traces the formation of “English” as a subject in schools.

Last week I read Chapter 2 Language and Education in the Nineteenth Century. I thought I “knew” about this process in general terms at least, but there were many processes at work which I now see in a new light, and one that I had never heard of: the influence of the Indian Civil Service on the teaching of English Literature. Continue reading

A perceptive response!

Last week I received this response to my article for Creative Teaching and Learning from *Professor Michael Bassey

Professor Bassey is Emeritus Professor of Education at Nottingham Trent University. He has been President of the British Educational Research Association, and from 2001 an Academician of the Academy of Social Science. He is the author of many publications on education and the environment. Continue reading

“The times they are a-changing”

I’ve had some very exciting responses to my last blog:

(1) From a maths teacher who is thinking of an exhibition on maths as a modern foreign language – spot on! (See reply to Death of a Great Idea.)

(2) The secondary school referred to by Howard is one I worked in twenty years ago preparing what became Breakthrough to Learning! Two of the photoes in Book 1 chapter 3 are of young people in that school (now middle-aged!). When I know more about the project they’re developing I’ll put the details up here. I hope to visit the school in April.

(3) A visit from Urszula Clark at Aston University bringing me up to date on changing attitudes to explicit language teaching. One of the Government-led initiatives is to make a condition of an Outstanding evaluation with Ofsted that the school show how they are meeting the language demands of the subjects.

I hope that some of my work can be used in training teachers in the linguistic knowledge they need to fulfill this criterion, particularly

and Knowledge About Language (I hope this will be up as part of this website in the near future.)

“The times they are a-changing!”