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1st Edition

Teaching English Language and Literature 16-19

ISBN 9780367322045
Published October 29, 2020 by Routledge
164 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers both a scholarly and practical overview of an integrated language and literature approach in the 16-19 English classroom. Providing a comprehensive overview of the identity of the subject, it outlines the pedagogical benefits of studying a unified English at post-16 and provides case studies of innovative classroom practice across a range of topics and text types.

Including contributions from practising teachers and higher education practitioners with extensive experience of the post-16 classroom and drawing on a range of literature, this book covers the teaching of topics such as:

  • Mind style in contemporary fiction
  • Comparative poetry analysis
  • Insights from linguistic cohesion
  • Criticality through creative response

Written to complement the two other Teaching English 1619 titles in the NATE series, Teaching English Language and Literature 1619 is the ideal companion for all practising A-level English teachers, of all levels of experience.

Table of Contents


Furzeen Ahmed, Marcello Giovanelli, Megan Mansworth and Felicity Titjen

Chapter 1: Teaching English Language and Literature

Marcello Giovanelli

Chapter 2: Teaching Sentence-level Analysis in Fictional Texts

Steve Collins

Chapter 3: Teaching Language Methods to Support Analysis

Angela Brown

Chapter 4: Teaching Non-Literary Texts

Furzeen Ahmed

Chapter 5: Teaching Modal Shading Through Recast Activities

Jennifer Brenzer

Chapter 6: Teaching Criticality Through Creative Response to Literature

Felicity Titjen

Chapter 7: Teaching Characterization and Voice Using The Great Gatsby

Libby Peers

Chapter 8: Teaching Narrative Voice in Browning’s Dramatic Monologues

Vicki Langlois

Chapter 9: Teaching Point of View in Frankenstein

Gwen Nelson

Chapter 10: Teaching Mind Style in Contemporary Fiction

Kirsty Rogerson

Chapter 11: Teaching the Context of Dracula

Holly Wimbush

Chapter 12: Teaching Drama Using Discourse Analysis

Megan Mansworth

Chapter 13: Teaching Prosodics in Drama Texts

Sarah Rogerson

Chapter 14: Teaching the Language of Poetry

Lesley Nelson-Addy

Chapter 15: Teaching Comparative Poetry Analysis

Megan Mansworth

Chapter 16: Teaching Poetry: Insights from Linguistic Cohesion

Kingsley O. Ugwuanyi, Mathias O. Chukwu and Onyedikachi A. Okodo


Ian Cushing

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Furzeen Ahmed is Associate Lecturer in English Language at the University of Derby, UK.

Marcello Giovanelli is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature and Head of English at Aston University, UK.

Megan Mansworth is a doctoral researcher in literary linguistics at Aston University, UK and teaches English both at secondary and university level.

Felicity Titjen is Head of Subject for English Language at Aquinas College in Stockport, UK.


"This book is an excellent addition to any English teacher’s bookshelf. Its informative introduction provides a very engaging overview of historical approaches to English teaching, successfully persuading readers of the importance of stylistics and offering a strong platform for the chapters that follow. Chapters all share good practice, offer practical steps to take in lessons and helpfully follow a teacher’s train of thought regarding teacher and student tasks.

The book acts as a great support and coach for practitioners, experienced or otherwise. Some chapters are must-reads and, where others explore more challenging concepts, you are carefully guided by relatable and reliable authors. Crucially, it offers very clear, practical teaching of language and demonstrates how to put it into action in analytical and creative tasks that students will find engaging. It is, however, more than a ‘how to teach this book’ guide. Each short and accessible chapter provides rigorous academic and pedagogical context. The reader is left educated and feels reassured.

Notably, this book gives welcome time and space to unpacking and exploring some of the key introductory ideas to be found in current textbooks. This text is a very different next step on from that and will be welcomed by teachers who might be overwhelmed by the idea of teaching literature through language, or who seek fresh thinking on approaches to familiar literary texts." - Nick King, King George V College, Southport, UK


"This fascinating collection of essays seeks to bridge what Giovanelli describes as ‘the lang-lit problem’ in the teaching of English. It traces some of the historical routes of this dichotomy, arguing that stylistics can bring an extra dimension to the teaching of texts and students’ understanding of them. These approaches are exemplified through practical examples from a diverse range of texts including The Kite Runner, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, A Streetcar Named Desire and an assortment of poetry. Thoughtful and dynamic, this is a great starting point for any teacher of English at A-level." - Rachel Roberts, University of Reading, UK


"In 1921, Sir Henry Newbolt wrote that a university School of English should comprise both language and literature. Yet today university English is usually defined as English Literature, while language study in schools is often subsidiary to the study of literary works. This book outlines the historical development of this compartmentalisation and shows how integrated study could offer students a much richer and more useful experience by revealing the grammar of the literary and non-literary text. Fifteen case studies by practitioners in post-16 English education demonstrate how this can be done. It will be of enormous interest and help to teachers of English at every level."  - John Hodgson, University of the West of England, UK


"This is a valuable contribution to A Level English teaching and one that has already informed my teaching and thinking about the subject and will no doubt do the same for many others." - Dan Clayton, Teaching English (NATE)