Whose English? Whose Knowledge?
At a time when many departments are beginning to embark on gained time projects and evaluate their curriculum, the LATE committee felt it was important to support teachers in such work. Both keynotes came from the English and Media Centre; with Andrew McCallum speaking on ‘What Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework Means for English – A Critical Overview’ and Barbara Bleiman ending the day considering the significance of ‘Group Work and Big Picture Thinking in English’. A optimistic and positive ending to the day that considered the wealth of knowledge that students may bring to the process of reading a literary text.
This conference was collaboration with @rapClassroom and BFI Education exploring HipHop pedagogies and how they can be used in the English classroom. Differing slightly from how they have been used in the USA, UK HipHop ed focuses on creativity, collaboration, community and voice to develop pedagogies for use in all classrooms, but particularly English, creative arts and the humanities.
Active Approaches to Teaching Text
In our final conference of the 2017/18 term LATE teachers shared active ways of engaging with literary texts. Our Key Note speaker was Maggie Pitfield of Goldsmiths University of London and our closing Plenary was from Laurie Bolger a performance poet from Bang Said The Gun.
Becoming Our Own Experts: English teachers as researchers
Key Note: John Yandell
Plenary Key Note Barbara Bleiman (English and Media Centre)
Take a look at the project she spoke about It’s Good To Talk, a self funded research project on group work- https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/cpd-and-consultancy/our-projects/its-good-to-talk-developing-group-work-in-english
See the programme for more information on our wide ranging, classroom based research presentations.
South Asia in the English classroom
LATE/BFI conference, December 2017
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Imtiaz Dharker (audio file)
Incorrigibly Plural: a celebration of the life and work of Morlette Lindsay
Students from Alexandra Park School Spoken Word club performed for us at the end of the conference.
Race, representation and identity in English classrooms
(10 December 2016)
LATE joined with the BFI during their Black Star season.
We heard from poets, film makers, students and teachers in a series of talks and work shops on this theme.
Dr Adam Elliott Cooper, originator of ‘Why is my Curriculum so White?’, delivered the opening keynote, and the conference closed with a screening of two shorts by Tomisin Adepeju. Below are links to the trailers for the two films.
James Britton: Language and Learning (12 March 2016)
An anthology of the writings of James Britton
Poetry (18 June 2016)