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EMC CPD Online: What Matters in English Teaching – Knowledge (28.9.21)

Course content

A recent focus on knowledge in schools, and in the subject curriculum at secondary level, has led to serious questioning and debate about what we actually mean by knowledge. In this presentation (with Q&A) Barbara will draw on ideas in What Matters in English Teaching to explore many of the issues that have been most exercising people’s minds, including:

  • What we think about the divide between knowledge and skills in English
  • What we mean by ‘powerful’ or important knowledge in English
  • Whether knowledge organisers are a good idea
  • What we mean by cultural capital and whether it is helpful to apply this term to the English curriculum.

In the course of her presentation, Barbara will offer some practical examples, including using a short text extract, to demonstrate a few key ideas about knowledge in our subject.

NB This is a repeat course.

Further details

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be audible or visible.

Resources

  • If relevant, course materials will be sent the day before the course in the email with your joining instructions. Please either print these out or have them available on screen during the session.
  • After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation, any resources used on the course and a £10 voucher to use against any purchase on www.englishandmedia.co.uk
  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

Course tutor: Barbara Bleiman

Barbara Bleiman is an education consultant at EMC, co-editor of emagazine and the author of What Matters in English Teaching. She writes blogs and articles about education and has written or co-written many EMC publications for the classroom, including several resources on poetry, novels and language study. Among these are Doing Close Reading, Studying The Handmaid’s Tale, Sight/Unseen Poetry, KS3 Poetry Plus, as well as the forthcoming Curriculum Conversations: Going on an Odyssey. She takes the lead on EMC’s project on group work, ‘It’s Good to Talk’ and has a strong interest in ideas about the curriculum, developing the idea of ‘cultural conversations’ as a challenge to the notion of cultural capital. In 2019 she was awarded the NATE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of English. She is also a Fellow of the English Association. Barbara is the author of two novels, Off the Voortrekker Road and Accidents of Love, and has recently published a collection of short stories, Kremlinology of Kisses.

Information about booking your place and joining the course

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 24th September, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

If someone else is booking the place on your behalf, please confirm with them that the booking has been made online and that the automated acknowledgement has been received. (These emails sometimes go into junk – they can also check the booking by logging into their account and clocking 'My orders'.)

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  • Your email with all the information you need to join the session will be sent out on Monday 27th September. Please make sure the name and email address of the person attending is included in the booking. You will be sent a reminder on the day of the course. Please check your junk or promotions folder. Still no luck? Email courses@englishandmedia.co.uk.
  • This course must be booked and paid for online. Payment by invoice is not available for this session. Please note: your fee is non-refundable.

Testimonials

It's so grounded in good sense - as well as years of experience and in research-led practice. It is a real call for reclaiming the curriculum.

Joan Foley, UWE, Bristol on EMC CPD Online: What Matters in English – Writing

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