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Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School

A companion to school experience, 4th Edition

Edited by Jon Davison, Caroline Daly


258 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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How do you approach teaching English in the contemporary classroom?

What is expected of a would-be English teacher?

The fourth edition of this best-selling text combines theory and practice to present an indispensable introduction to the opportunities and challenges of teaching English in the secondary classroom. It offers insight into the history, policies and definitions surrounding the subject, together with innovative and practical strategies which can be used for effective teaching and learning.

Already a major text for many university teacher education courses, the new edition reflects the extent and impact of current reforms whilst retaining its focus on what is of enduring value for English teaching.  With an emphasis on developing your own values and on stimulating approaches that underpin English teaching, it will help you navigate your way through changing curriculum requirements, assessment practice and the demands of professional development.  

Key topics explored include:

  • Reading, writing and speaking and listening
  • Teaching language and grammar
  • Drama in English teaching
  • Poetry
  • Working with digital technologies
  • Post-16 English language and literature
  • Developing as a critically reflective practitioner.

Written particularly with the new and student teacher in mind, Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School aims to equip readers with the tools to make critically informed judgements about how to teach, develop principled practice and most importantly, be mindful of pupils and their experience of English in the secondary classroom.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fourth Edition Introduction to the First Edition Notes on Contributors 1. Which English? 2. Battles for English 1894-2014 3. English as Curriculum Subject 4. Speaking and Listening 5. Reading 6. Writing 7. Teaching Languages and Grammar 8. Media Education and ICT in English 9. Working with Digital Technologies 10. Drama in Teaching and Learning English 11. Approaching Shakespeare 12. Possiblities with Poetry 13. Advanced Level English 14. Critical Practice

About the Editors

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 the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

About the Series

Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

Designed for all students learning to teach in secondary schools, and particularly those on school-based initial teacher education courses, the books in this series complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and its companion, Starting to Teach in the Secondary School.  Each book in the series applies underpinning theory and addresses practical issues to support students in school and in the training institution in learning how to teach a particular subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities