2nd Edition

Debates in English Teaching

Edited By Jon Davison, Caroline Daly Copyright 2020
    224 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Debates in English Teaching explores the major issues all English teachers encounter daily in their professional lives. Written by leading experts in the field, the chapters bring together theoretical knowledge and contemporary perspectives to offer fresh insight into the most salient debates in the field of English teaching.

    The book supports critical reflection and will help both novice and experienced teachers to reach informed judgements and argue their point of view with deeper theoretical knowledge and understanding. This second edition has been fully updated throughout and features four new chapters. Key debates covered include:

    • Literacy and social class
    • English and difference
    • Digital literacy
    • English and mental wellbeing
    • Reading for pleasure
    • The literary canon
    • The importance of the media and new technologies

    With its combination of expert opinion and fresh insight, Debates in English Teaching is an ideal companion for all student and practising teachers engaged in initial training, continuing professional development and master’s level study.

    List of illustrations

    Notes on contributors



    Richard Andrews


    Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges


    Jon Davison and Caroline Davy

    1. Literacy and Social Class

    Jon Davison

    2. English and Difference

    John Yandell

    3. Unable to Go it Alone: re-stating the case for a strengthened English/Media relationship

    Andrew Burn and Steve Connolly

    4. Reading and Writing Media Texts: critical digital literacy in the making

    John Potter

    5. Literacy and Mental Wellbeing

    Anne Teravainen-Goff and Christina Clark

    6. Creativity in English Learning and Teaching 

    Sue Dymoke

    7. Reading for Pleasure: challenges and opportunities

    Teresa Cremin

    8. Wheeling out the Big Guns: the literary canon in the English classroom

    Jane Coles

    9. Living Language, Live Debates: grammar and standard English

    Debra Myhill

    10. Embedding a Dialogic Pedagogy in the Teaching of English

    Frank Hardman

    11. Teacher Research in English Classrooms: questions that are worth asking?

    Caroline Daly and Lisa Taylor




    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.

    Caroline Daly is Reader in Education at University College London Institute of Education, UK, and Associate Professor at the University of South Wales.

    "It brings critical light to bear on the current state of play in the subject...The challenge for the next phase of English as a national and international subject is to continue to argue for its place, not only in the curriculum but in its relevance to everyday life, sensibility and culture. This book does so, with commitment, clarity and power." –Richard Andrews, Professor of Education, University of Edinburgh and Visiting Professor in English Education, University of East Anglia