English Teaching and Teacher Expertise
Call for Papers: Special Issue
Deadline: 7 March 2020
The best teaching of English can be done only by teachers who have developed their expertise over time. Such teachers have plenty of experience but that alone cannot explain their excellent practice. What do we know about the best practice of English teachers? In what ways are the subject knowledge of English as a discipline and subject pedagogical knowledge combined in expert English teaching? What are the life trajectories and career opportunities that restrict or enable the development of outstanding English teaching? Is it possible to 'accelerate' the expertise development of new or mid career teachers? What is the role of the mentor in bringing out the best in other teachers? What do we know from other countries where English/mother tongue is a key subject about models and concepts of expert English teaching?
Expertise may take many forms across phases of English education from pre-school to higher education and beyond. Submissions may focus on specific aspects of English such as literature, language or teaching about the media. English is often seen as student centred, concerned with personal growth and drawing on students' life experiences: is this still a viable basis for best practice in English teaching? What are the less visible aspects of good teaching that involve designs of curriculum and assessment? How can new models of teacher leadership such as the Lead Practitioner help English teachers improve their practice? In what ways can English teachers productively use technology, including Artificial Intelligence, in the classroom and beyond? How can English teachers who work in a narrowly defined curriculum and exam specification dominated by the English Literary heritage maintain attention to diversity and emancipation? How can we develop expertise in working with students for whom English is an Additional Language?
The suggestions above are indicative only: papers and short creative pieces (normally poems) may focus on any aspect of expertise in English education. The Guest Editor, Andy Goodwyn, will be happy to discuss suggestions and questions.