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English Teaching Today. Geoff Barton Headteacher, King Edward VI School, Suffolk, UK, and English teacher. Download this presentation at www.geoffbarton.co.uk/teacher-resources . (Presentation number 93). Hello. A brief history of English teaching

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    1. English Teaching Today Geoff Barton Headteacher, King Edward VI School, Suffolk, UK, and English teacher Download this presentation at www.geoffbarton.co.uk/teacher-resources (Presentation number 93)

    2. Hello.

    3. A brief history of English teaching The key ingredients in successfully teaching speaking & listening, reading and writing A demonstration

    4. REFLECT TALK

    5. ?

    6. What How

    7. +

    8. 1: Model the way we teach English today

    9. 2: Be lexically redundant

    10. Do you want to leave now?

    11. A brief history of English teaching

    12. This is what classrooms used to look like …

    13. 1870s

    14. Elementary Education Act 1870: National education for children aged 5-12

    15. Beginning of national literacy

    16. NOW: Writing Speaking & listening Reading

    17. THEN: Writing Reading Exercises Repetition Copying ✗

    18. English as a subject

    19. Edmund Coote Headmaster King Edward VI Grammar School 1596 … for nine months

    20. Edmund Coote Headmaster King Edward VI Grammar School 1596 Latin Greek Hebrew NOT English

    21. 1870

    22. Grammar

    23. Parse the italicised words: • “The lady protests too much, methinks” • “Sit thee down” • “I saw him taken” • Rewrite these sentences correctly: • “Louis was in some respects a good man, but being a bad ruler his subjects rebelled” • “Vainly endeavouring to suppress his emotion, the service was abruptly brought to an end” Alfred S West, The Elements of English Grammar

    24. George Sampson ‘English for the English’ 1921

    25. Literature Speaking & listening

    26. FR Leavis & Denys Thompson 1950s

    27. Culture Morality Personal growth Discrimination

    28. English becomes the most important subject. Therefore …

    29. The English teacher becomes the most important teacher

    30. Freedom and autonomy

    31. 5 years

    32. ✔ ✗

    33. 1960s

    34. Move away from grammar

    35. 1989 First National Curriculum

    36. Today: New National Curriculum based on international comparisons

    37. Social mobility

    38. The Matthew Effect (Robert K Merton)

    39. The rich shall get richer and the poor shall get poorer Matthew 13:12

    40. “the word-rich get richer while the word-poor get poorer” in their reading skills (CASL)

    41. “Good readers may choose friends who also read avidly while poor readers seek friends with whom they share other enjoyments” The Matthew Effect Daniel Rigney

    42. Stricht’s Law: “reading ability in children cannot exceed their listening ability …” E.D. Hirsch The Schools We Need

    43. “Spoken language forms a constraint, a ceiling not only on the ability to comprehend but also on the ability to write, beyond which literacy cannot progress” Myhill and Fisher

    44. The Matthew Effect: The rich will get richer & the poor will get poorer

    45. REFLECTION What do you agree or disagree with? What surprises you? What would you like to learn more about?

    46. Emphasise exploratory talk (‘how’ and ‘why’ questions) Vary student groupings: remember ‘the Matthew effect’ Break tyranny of questions and answers Alternatives to ‘hands-up’ Thinking time & oral rehearsal

    47. REFLECTION What do you agree or disagree with? What surprises you? What are the implications for your teaching?