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. 22, February

Beyond Notions of 'Proper English': Rethinking Grammar as a Resource for Writing
In the first of two articles drawing on findings from a large-scale study carried out in secondary schools, Debra Myhill, Susan Jones, Helen Lines & Annabel Watson argue that grammar can support learning about writing--providing the teaching goal...
Changes to GCSE and a Levels
Any student who takes a GCSE English Literature exam from September 2012 onwards (including those who have already started their GCSE courses) will be subject to new arrangements for the assessment of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Ofqual is due...
Creativity across the Curriculum: Creative Writing beyond English: Karen Lockney Argues That Creative Writing Offers a Valuable Route to Understanding in Subjects across the Curriculum, and a Productive Link with English
In higher and adult education, the popularity of creative writing courses has risen substantially over the last decade. In addition, the expansion of internet communication has brought with it the now well-established blogging culture, and numerous...
Crossing the Bar: Subverting the Exams System?
An unseasonable exams fuss: 'We're cheating, we're telling you the question cycle' (The Telegraph, 7 December 2011). But haven't we all connived at the system? Keith Davidson considers the consequences. The exams system has always been a guessing...
EcoEnglish: Teaching English as If the Planet Matters: Sasha Matthewman Argues That English Has a Major Role to Play in Environmental Education, and That the Debate about the Environment Provides Rich Opportunities for English Teachers
Is poetry the place where we save the Earth? How do you define an 'ecopoem'? What makes an ecocritical reading? How do texts represent animals using different kinds of anthropomorphism? Which adverts are guilty of 'greenwashing'? How can fieldwork...
Editorial
Grammar for Writing The question of the teaching of grammar is still with us, despite everyone's best efforts to make it go away. We know--despite the conservative press's best efforts to convince the nation otherwise--that the traditional teaching...
English in England: National Curriculum Review
The Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review has published its report The Framework for the National Curriculum (December 2011). Changes to English and other core subjects, which had been expected to take place in 2013, will now take place in...
Exclusive: Sensational Leak of Private Documents from Department for Education
Note for the Leveson inquiry: this material has come into our hands through entirely legal means. No hacking, other than hack journalism, was required, used or even contemplated--we're too poor. Our editor will vigorously defend the right to publish...
Opening the Doors of Perception: Interdisciplinary English-An Exploration
David Stevens explores the relationships between English and other curriculum subjects, and argues that the idea of 'cross-curricular' English is best understood in the context of interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. If the doors of perception...
Subject Synergy: Collaborations between English and Science: Joy Alexander Explores Ways in Which English and Science Can Work Together to Promote Enjoyment in Both Subjects and Develop Skills of Reading and Writing
From wormeries to Frankenstein One of the first occasions when cross-curricular English was notably brought to the forefront may have been in the Bullock Report (1975), where the twelfth chapter is devoted to 'Language across the Curriculum.' In...
Telling Tales: Classical Stories in KS3 English: Bob Lister Introduces a Project Designed to Develop Speaking and Listening in KS3 English, Arguing That Homer's Iliad and Ovid's Metamorphoses Offer Classes Storytelling Opportunities That Are Hard to Match
The art of storytelling is something that connects us in a profound way with our earliest ancestors. It's one of the most important, most humane, most liberating and most democratic things that human beings can do, and it should have a central place...
The Picturebook as Art: Responding to Picturebooks, Responding to Art: Janet Evans Explores the Ways in Which Responding to Picturebooks Can Develop Skills of Art Appreciation as Well as Literacy
Picturebooks as works of art ... literally from cover to cover--the picture book is an art object, an aesthetic whole; that is, every one of its parts contributes to the total effect, and therefore every part is worthy of study and interpretation....
World Shakespeare Festival
As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the RSC and Shakespeare's Globe are leading a World Shakespeare Festival which will take place around the country between April and September. It will coincide with a major British Museum exhibition, Shakespeare:...
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