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The Aims of English Teaching: A View from History

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Once again, the National Curriculum orders for English are being rewritten. The writers of the new curriculum have looked to the education systems of ‘high-performing jurisdictions’ for inspiration. The result is a curriculum draft that offers a limited view of the subject and one which apparently fails to prioritise the needs of the learner. The model of English developed in the postwar years by those working within the London Association for the Teaching of English (LATE) offers a very different view of the subject. The Aims of English Teaching is an early document articulating LATE’s vision of the subject; this article offers a reading of this document and suggests that there may be much in this history to draw on as teachers are apparently offered more freedom to design their own programmes of study.
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Keywords: London Association for the Teaching of English; London English; National Curriculum; history of English teaching

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: King’s College, University of London, London, UK

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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