Magazine: Wordplay – Issue 5

General curriculum issues, Teaching library

The English Subject Centre Magazine

Issue 5 – June 2011

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Table of Contents

  • Welcome
    English Subject Centre Magazine editor Dr Nicole King introduces our fifth issue.
  • IT Works
    Brett Lucas casts his eye over recent developments in the world of e-learning
  • Literature & Politics: (Re) Writing the 1984-5 Miners’ strike
    Katy Shaw examines the evolving relationship between literature and politics for twenty-first century students and academics through a case study of teaching texts inspired by the 1984-5 UK miners’ strike
  • Pedagogies visible and invisible: reflections on the Subject Centre experiment
    As the Subject Centre network prepares for its closure, Ben Knights sets out the challenges for the Literature, Creative Writing and English language communities in the ongoing struggle to provide fertile environments for the development of teaching practice in higher education
  • Joint honours English students: What are they thinking
    In this follow-up to his report on the experience of single honours students, John Hodgson explores the choices and challenges faced by students who combine English with other subjects of study.
  • Humanities High Achievers
Creative pedagogies
  • Too many cooks: A Royal Holloway project
    Joe Reddington tells the story of how an innovative teaching project, linking staff and students from the arts and computer science, collectively wrote a novel in a week. In addition to being fun, the students gained a host of transferable skills and satisfaction along the way.
  • Teaching, Technology & Obama
    Liz Losh discusses the challenges of teaching rhetoric through contemporary politics and how Obama’s White House and web 2.0 technologies have proven to be rich teaching tools and contexts for students.
  • Transition to HE in English studies
    Candice Satchwell reports here on the process and product of designing online interactive resources to help students in the transition from furtherto higher education in English.
  • Dive into…..the pool
    The Subject Centre has always put the professional development of English lecturers at the forefront of everything it does. In this article Brett Lucas talks about a new set of resources to assist you in your teaching.
Student perspective
  • Student competition
  • On being a student, again!
  • What do I learn? A simplified benchmark
Book reviews
  • Desert Island Texts
    Lecturers registered in our Directory of Experience and Interests database highlight their favourite books. This month: Alice Ferrebe
  • The Last Word
    Aidan Byrne teaches in the English and Media/Cultural Studies departments at Wolverhampton University