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. 17, June

25 Years of Journey to Jo'burg
In April, Beverley Naidoo, author of celebrated children's novel Journey to Jo'burg, was joined by children's author Michael Rosen and southern African writers Gillian Slovo, Njabulo Ndebele and Ret'sepile Makamane at an event to celebrate 25 years...
Dialect and Dialectics: Students Debating Language Change: Using the Study of Slang as a Focus, Dan Clayton Argues That Students of the English Language at A Level and GCSE Can Help Shape Debates about Language by Understanding Its Discourses and Making Interventions as Part of Their Language Investigations
The teacher paces intently backwards and forwards at the front of the class, rattling out words with a machine gun delivery, occasionally turning towards the board to scribble something down. The students in the class listen carefully, some nodding...
Editorial
This is the third in a triplet of editions of EDM to contain a focus on the themes of language variety and investigating language. The two previous issues have covered Corpus Linguistics, the OED, the English Project and GCSE Spoken Language Study....
English in the News: Tom Rank Surveys Media Coverage of English
It's all over for the rainbow as it's curtains for the DCSF This spring brought us all the high drama of the election and, as often, lazy journalists turn to Shakespeare. And who am I, at best a Polonius keeping a close eye on the arras, to complain?...
Fitness or Formality, Fruitcake or Fudge? A Retrospective on Grammar in the English Curriculum. Phil Norman Explores the History of Approaches to Grammar in the English Curriculum in the Last 40 Years, and Calls for a More Open Approach to Content and Pedagogy
BLACKADDER: Baldrick, I have a cunning plan, a plan to test your grammar--all for your own good. BALDRICK: Why? What's my gramma ever done to you Mr. B? BLACKADDER: Grammar, Baldrick, not grandma.Grammar and parsing? BALDRICK: And a sad day...
Is English a Language? A Brief History of a Pointless Dispute: Richard Hudson Argues That the Dominant Identification of 'English' with 'English Literature' Has Marginalised the Study of the English Language as a Valuable Subject in Its Own Right
What is English? What does the noun English mean? In ordinary usage there's no doubt that it's the name of a language: if I speak, understand or learn English, then what I am speaking, understanding or learning is a language. But put the word into...
Lowering the Wall: '... This Player Here, but in a Fiction, in a Dream of Passion': Keith Davidson Went to a Ben Crystal Road Show at the Globe (February 2010), Introduced by Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Globe Education and Closing Speaker at NATE Conference, Sunday 11 July 2010
Sam Wanamaker didn't live to see the opening of his Globe Theatre on Bankside. He visited work in progress when but a few of the fifteen bays had been constructed. Very frail, he suddenly crouched down behind the Yard wall ('And you, my sinews, grow...
NATE Briefing
Nate Conference 2010: Making Meanings NATE's annual conference for English teachers and others in the English community will be held from July 9th-11th, providing high-quality CPD and an enjoyable opportunity to refresh batteries, renew enthusiasms...
Post-16 English: Two New Reports on ITE and HE
Who's prepared to teach school English? (Julie Blake and Tim Shortis, Committee for Linguistics in Education, 2010) and The Experience of Studying English in UK Higher Education (John Hodgson, English Subject Centre, 2010) Sixth Form to Degree to...
Taking Shakespeare to 'Task': 'Cabined, Cribbed, Confined, Bound In': The 'New Initiative' (DCSF News Release, 10 March 2010), 'Active Shakespeare'. Back in the New GCSEs Keith Davidson Finds It's Still the Same Old Story
Criteria In the new GCSE Criteria the Assessment Objectives for English are included in those for the alternative compulsory combination of English Language and English Literature. For English 'a play by Shakespeare' is required within 'a rich range...
The Power of Games: Using Games to Teach English Language: David Kinder Argues That Games Can Be a Powerful Tool in the English Classroom, and Describes Some Games for Teaching Grammar and Other Aspects of Language, at A Level and GCSE
In his seminal book on teaching practice, Teaching Today, Geoff Petty has an interesting chapter on using games in the classroom. 'Games can produce intense involvement,' he writes, 'and a quality of concentration no other teaching method can match.'...
Voices from the Library: Investigating Spoken English through the British Library Sound Archive: Jonnie Robinson Describes the Wealth of Online Resources Available at the British Library for Investigating Accent, Dialect and Oral Culture, and Explains the Ways in Which the Material Has Been Made Available for Teachers and the General Public
The launch in 2004 of the British Library's online dialect archive confirmed the extraordinary academic, popular, and media interest in language, and, in particular, in the English language. After a selection of dialect recordings were published on...