Magazine: Wordplay – Issue 2

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WordPlay – The English Subject Centre Magazine
Issue 2
October 2009

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  • Welcome
    English Subject Centre Magazine editor Dr Nicole King introduces our second issue.
  • IT Works
    Brett Lucas casts his eye over recent developments in the world of e-learning
  • The Subjects of English? Communities & Communication
    Louise Marshall and Will Slocombe ask whether the Subject of English ’knows its place‘ in the digital age.
  • Interview with Ron Carter
    Candice Satchwell, the Subject Centre’s Liaison Officer for HE in FE, speaks with Professor Ron Carter about his long career teaching and researching English language, linguisitics and literature.
  • HumBox – sharing made simple
    What teaching materials we use and where we source them from is about to experience a shift, and, Brett Lucas reports, it’s all about sharing what we already do.
  • First Thoughts on the New A-Level Specifications – what’s changed?
    Barbara Bleiman gives an early initial report on the impact of the new A-Level specifications on teaching and learning, drawing on the comments of teachers she has talked to during the first year of the new curriculum.
  • Sharpening the Factual Edge: teaching journalism today
    Eamonn O’Neill describes the challenges of teaching and doing journalism while emphasising journalism’s shared territory with Creative Writing.
Creative Pedagogies
  • Poetry in Context: The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
    Kate Lindsay and Stuart Lee describe how primary source material is enriching teaching and learning of the poetry of the First World War.
  • Teaching with YouTube
    Amy Palko offers some practical suggestions for integrating YouTube into tutorials and lectures.
  • Ticking the Right Boxes? A Survey of English Feedback Pro forma
    Show your students the patterns of their written work and improve the attention they give to your feedback – it’s as easy as ticking a box, argues Dave Ellis.
  • Dame Ellen Terrry and Edith Craig: suitable subjects for teaching
    Candice Satchwell reviews some of the issues in delivering English degrees in further education colleges, including perspectives from lecturers and students.
  • Theorising the Teaching of Creative Writing
    Katharine Cockin provides an insight into a research project which has produced a new electronic resource, making accessible one of the most significant theatre archives in the UK.
Book Reviews
  • Professing and Pedagogy: Learning the Teaching of English, by Shari J. Stenberg
    Reviewed by Shane Collins
  • Tragedy: A Student Handbook, by Sean McEvoy with Tony Coult and Chris Sandford
    Reviewed by Ashley Lister
  • Studying English Literature: A Practical Guide, by Tory Young
    Reviewed by Suzanne Brierley
Event Reports
  • Weathering the Storm: a networking day for humanities careers advisers
  • Liberating Sojourn II
  • Feminist Transitions – 22nd Feminist & Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) Conference
  • The Doctor’s Dilemna – a new pedagogy for the PhD in English Studies?
  • Desert Island Texts
    Lecturers registered in our Directory of Experience and Interests database highlight their favourite books. This month: Gweno Williams
  • The Last Word
    David Roberts is Head of the School of English at Birmingham City University.