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2nd Edition

Debates in English Teaching

ISBN 9781138581166
Published April 20, 2020 by Routledge
224 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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



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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