Newsletter: Issue 14

Teaching library

April 2008

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  • Welcome
    English Subject Centre editor Dr Nicole King introduces our fourteenth issue.
  • ‘That is what we do isn’t it?’
    In The Production of University English (TPUE) project, English academics and educationalists together investigated how English is ‘produced’ in the everyday classes taking place in a variety of British universities. Here, Susan Bruce describes the project and shows how its methods can be used to shed new light on the interpretative tools which we teach to our students.
  • Investigating Creative Writing: student perspectives
    Why are students flocking to Creative Writing courses and degrees? What’s it like to be on one? What do students expect to gain from them? Steve May investigates the student experience of Creative Writing to get answers.
  • Books Were My Liberation: an interview with Alan Rice
    Over the winter, Nicole King met with Alan Rice, a scholar of the Black Atlantic who teaches English and American Studies. He spoke of the rewards of interdisciplinary teaching and of taking his subject expertise, as well as his students, outside the classroom.
  • Up Close: a round table on close reading
    Is close reading a dying art? In this extended event report, Ben Knights and Jonathan Gibson highlight current thinking about one of the fundamental processes of teaching and learning in our subject areas.
  • Reading and Writing Society: the role of English Subjects in Education for Sustainability
    Arran Stibbe explores the role that English language, English literature and Creative Writing can play in the rereading and rewriting of society that is taking place as the world adapts to the new realities of the 21st century.
  • Developing Careers Services for English Students
    Jane Gawthrope reports on how the Subject Centre is helping English lecturers and Career Services work together to enhance students’ career development.
Book Reviews
  • Teaching & Learning English Literature – Reviewed by Peter Barry.
  • Doing Creative Writing – Reviewed by David Bausor.
Events Round-Up
  • Teaching Confessions of a Justified Sinner,
  • Teaching Contemporary Women’s writing in the 21st Century,
  • Borderlands: Themes in teaching literatures of the Americas,
  • Here be Dragons? Humanities, Enterprise and HE
  • Texts in Translation.
News, Reports & Opinions
  • Digital Resources at the British Library
    Joanna Newman, Strategic Partnerships Manager of the British Library’s Higher Education Team, outlines some of the new services of interest to English lecturers.
  • Desert Island Texts
    In this new regular item, lecturers registered in our Directory of Experience and Interests highlight their favourite books. This month: Chris Ringrose
  • IT Works!
    Brett Lucas casts his eye over recent developments in the world of e-learning
  • The Last Word
    Mick Short is Professor of English Language and Literature at Lancaster University