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On Stage 6: Advanced/Module B:Critical Study of Texts

The issue of multiple readings.

Few areas of the curriculum have been as fraught with controversy over the last few years as Advanced Module B. The vexed question relates largely to the iss...
 

ICTs in English: An overview

Literacy in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is fundamental to life in our modern technological society. To equip students to be literate life long learners and global citizens of the...
 

Teacher Specialist Knowledge in English

The general trend around Australia at the moment in curriculum is for the development of longitudinal statements of general "curriculum frameworks" for each KLA including English. During the late 199...
 

Inclusivity in English

Inclusivity is concerned, in particular, with meeting the learning needs of students with a specific focus on those who are vulnerable to marginalisation and exclusion (UNESCO, 1994, cited in Aniftos...
 

English in a National Curriculum: The Statements of Learning for English

There have been in the past, and continue to be, a number of attempts to introduce a national curriculum in Australia. Such attempts usually take one of two forms: those that begin with a definition ...
 

Learning in English

The question of learning in English raises a number of fundamental issues, of which perhaps the two most basic are: “Learning what?” and “Learning how?”. 1. What do we learn in English? In order to t...
 

Reading and Phonics

The first thing to be said about reading with respect to phonics is that media presentations of how reading is taught have tended to present debates on the teaching of reading as if there were a war ...
 

Media criticisms of the teaching of English

In recent months there has been a sustained attack in certain media on English and the ways it is taught in our schools. Reports, opinion pieces and letters have been laced with misconceptions and se...
 

How reading is taught: a guide to parents

Media presentations of how reading is taught tend to present debates on the teaching of reading as if there were a war between two approaches to reading. One of these approaches is usually represente...
 

Relationship between English and Literacy

The relationship between English and literacy can be a vexed one, made increasingly so by the discovery of literacy by politicians in the years post World War II as a convenient scapegoat for a myria...
 

On Assessment

'Away with the cant of Measures not men'!- the idle supposition that it is the harness and not the horses that draw the chariot along. If the comparison must be made, if the distinction must be taken...
 

On Reading

"We read to discover we are not alone." C.S.Lewis Why read? The right to read is fundamental to a free and humane society. Reading provides expression for an individual and cultural diversity. Readin...
 

Lasting Principles and Methods of English Teaching

Ken Watson Address 2007: Jack Thomson Some Lasting Principles and Methods of English Teaching: Towards A Rhetorical, Ethical, Socio-Cultural, Political Model Of The English Curriculum Jack Thomson co...
 

Creating Space for the Creative

Ken Watson Address 2008: Dr Wendy Morgan Creating Space for the Creative: Rethinking English Curriculum Wendy Morgan stages a conversation between the curriculum writer, the poet, and the teacher to ...
 

In Conversation with the Fins

Since its success in all areas of PISA , Finland has been under close scrutiny by countries around the world.
 
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