Teaching Literature

Text and Dialogue in the English Classroom

  • Ben Knights

Part of the Teaching the New English book series (TENEEN)

About this book


This book comprises reflections by experienced scholar teachers on the principles and practice of higher education English teaching. In approaching the subject from different angles it aims to spark insights and to foster imaginative teaching. In the era of audit, and the Teaching Excellence Framework it invites teachers to return to the sources of their own teaching knowledge. The shift from a student-centred to a research-centred paradigm has particular implications for a discipline which prides itself on its teaching, and has always had teaching and dialogue at its heart. One which also talks across the tertiary / secondary border to the cognate (though different) subject called ‘English’ in school. The argument which informs this book, and which is developed in the individual chapters, is that the future of the subject relies not alone upon fostering communities of ‘research excellence’, but on re-awakening and reviving its pedagogic traditions.


Education English studies Higher English teaching Tertiary education Secondary education Dialogue

Editors and affiliations

  • Ben Knights
    • 1
  1. 1.Teesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUnited Kingdom

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