We all have a stake in the way the subject English is taught in schools, and the debate is always passionate. How should students learn grammar? Should study of television and the web displace literary classics? What does it mean to be literate in a digital world?
Focusing on the subject English at secondary level, Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan locates current debates in their historical context. She draws on sound classroom research and teacher interviews to dispel favourite claims of media commentators, and point out where the real educational challenges lie.
O'Sullivan examines how innovative educators deal with the multifaceted nature of the subject, and explains the trajectory of curriculum reform and implications of standardised testing.
Subject English offers a research-based and rich overview of English teaching today, and it is essential reading for all secondary English teachers and for students training to teach this core subject.
Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Education at Macquarie University. She has been a member of the National Curriculum Advisory panel for English, a Chief Examiner of HSC English in NSW, and advisor to the NSW Board of Studies.
Table Of Contents:
1. Contesting English
2. New formations of English
3. A national perspective: curriculum and assessment
4. Textual practices
5. Australian perspectives
6. The learners
7. The teachers
8. Communities of practice
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