Books we have to read
Frances Whiting’s entertaining piece about book clubs highlights a perennial problem for English teachers (18/5).
Choice is much talked about in relation to education these days but schools usually dictate which books students have to study. Sometimes even students who are avid readers of titles they select themselves fail to be enthusiastic about the books that are set for them. Just because the adult world agrees that certain titles are acknowledged greats of the literary canon doesn’t necessarily mean they will connect with teenagers.
On another note, it was interesting to see Whiting point out that classics of a past era of primary schooling like the Dick and Dora series were pretty lousy stories. It is worth remembering that they were a cornerstone of a presumed educational golden age to which some conservative commentators would have the school system return.
Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)
Essential English: Community of Practice 2021
Following on from the success of last year's event for teachers of Essential English, we will be running this event again this year with some modifications. The program is available and registrations are now open. Venue: Deception Bay SHS, Phillip Street, DECEPTION BAY. Registrations will close on Saturday 30 October. Interes...
Grammar PD term 4
To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 20 November at John Paul College. The flyer gives further details. Registration will close on 14 November. ...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
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