English Drama Media

Professional journal for secondary teachers and everyone involved in the teaching of English, drama and media. Promotes dynamic approaches to curriculum and pedagogy, and keeps the profession in touch with national debates and developments.

Articles from No. 19, February

British Library: Evolving English
The British Library's exhibition Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices runs until 3rd April 2011, and is the first ever to explore the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap, providing a unique opportunity to see and hear its...
Children, Media & the Playground: Children's Games in the New Media Age: How Can Children's Playground Songs, Rhymes, Chants and Games Contribute to the English Classroom? in the Light of a Major Research Project into Playground Culture, Andrew Burn Explores Their Potential for Developing Understanding of Poetry, Language, Identity, Culture and Performance
As an English teacher in the mid-eighties, I took my Year 7 class to London to see a show. On the coach coming home, I became aware of rhythmic singing and clapping coming from the seat behind me. Looking round, I saw three girls, Rosa, Kate and Olivia,...
Choosing and Using Fiction and Non-Fiction 3-11
Choosing and Using Fiction and Non-fiction 3-11 Margaret Mallet Routledge, 2010, 95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84312-322-4 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Margaret Mallett has set herself an ambitious project in this title and has produced...
Drama and English Teaching: Imagination, Action and Engagement
Drama and English Teaching: Imagination, Action and Engagement Michael Anderson, John Hughes & Jacqueline Manuel OUP, 2010, 50 [pounds sterling] ISBN9780195560428 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With some notable exceptions, Drama and English...
English in England: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire
As the legacy of the final Education White Paper of the Labour government in England kicks in--the abolition of the National Strategies from March this year--we begin to see the outcomes of the first Education White Paper of the new government, The...
English in the News: Tom Rank Surveys Media Coverage of English
"I think the problem has been, over the last 13 years, teaching as a profession has had the initiative, the fun, the enjoyment squeezed out of it ..." Michael Gove on Today, Radio 4, November 2010 "The Secretary of State proposes to 'cast teachers...
Poetry Matters ESRC Seminar Series 2011-2012
The Poetry Matters, ESRC Seminar Series began on 11th January 2011. The series, led by Dr Sue Dymoke (University of Leicester) and co-convenors, Dr Anthony Wilson (University of Exeter) and Professor Andrew Lambirth (University of Greenwich) has the...
Reading, Pleasure and Play
This edition of EDM celebrates and explores the role of children's reading and play in developing literacy. The emphasis here is unashamedly on the pleasure that stories and songs bring children (and adults); the message is that working with and exploiting...
Reading Teachers/teaching Readers: Why Teachers Who Read Make Good Teachers of Reading: Teresa Cremin Argues That Developing Teachers' Own Knowledge and Experience in Reading Is Vital for Developing Children as Readers, and Increases Everyone's Pleasure-Teachers and Children
Questions of Reading Let's start with some questions to ponder ... * As a teacher how much time, effort and energy do you try to set aside for your own reading? * How many books and other texts do you have on the go at the moment? * How...
Reading: 'The Heart of English': An Interview with Aidan Chambers
Novelist Aidan Chambers has championed the cause of literature for young people throughout his career, and last year received NATE's annual award for lifetime services to English. Anne Fairhall, as interviewer, asked him to reflect on his writing for...
Stars in Their As: Cherry-Picking at A Level: The New A Level Grade Just Adds to the Contradictions of the Present Exam System
The annual exams fuss for the Summer 2010 round was widely trailed but quickly stalled. Nobody seemed quite sure what to make of the new grade A* set at A level. That's down to the bizarre manner in which it is determined: The new A Grade The...
Teaching English
Teaching English Carol Evans, Alyson Midgley, Phil Rigby, Lynne Warham and Peter Woolnough Sage, 2009, 21.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 9781412948180 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Everyone has horror stories to tell about training to be a teacher....
Teaching Media in Primary Schools Cary Bazalgette (Ed.)
Teaching Media in Primary Schools Cary Bazalgette (ed.) Sage, 2010, 21.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-1-84920-576-4 I think what I'd want from a book about media education in primary schools is something like the following: * Sensible practical...
Textual Drama: The Value of Reading Aloud: Invoking Historical Evidence and Data from Her Own Research, Gabrielle Cliff Hodges Argues That We Should Not Underestimate the Value of Reading Aloud in Creating Engaged Readers in Our Classrooms
In 1996, The Independent ran a series of short pieces about an adult and a child reading together from both their perspectives. One piece was about Simon Russell Beale and his four-and-three-quarter-year-old nephew Ben who said: Simon reads to me...
The English/language Debate: Richard Hudson V. John Dixon on the Relationship between English and English Language
In the June 2010 issue of EDM, Richard Hudson argued that that the dominant identification of 'English' with 'English Literature' has marginalised the study of the English language as a subject John Dixon responds to Hudson's argument, and Hudson...
Work in Progress: Using Kensuke's Kingdom to Develop Oral Language, Drama and Writing: Diane Duncan Gives an Account of Two Classes' Different Responses to the Study of Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom. She Argues for the Vital Role of Drama and Oral Work in Developing Literacy and Imaginative Engagement, and Suggests That Such Activity Must Always Be Seen as 'Work in Progress'
Teaching Children's Literature Three years ago I wrote a book entitled, Teaching Children's Literature: making stories work in the classroom (Duncan 2009) which was written for an audience of primary and Key Stage 3 secondary teachers, trainee teachers...