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Learning under Lockdown: English teaching in the time of Covid-19

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What happens when, in a nation under lockdown, teaching moves online? How is English as a school subject being differently configured? What are the gains and losses? This essay examines, through the prism of a single online lesson, the approach to English, to curriculum and pedagogy, that has been adopted by the Oak National Academy website, a repository of online lessons that has been sponsored by the Department for Education in England. It offers a highly prescriptive, monologic approach to English, an approach that is structured around the pedagogy of ‘direct instruction’ and the demands of high-stakes assessment.
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Keywords: Online teaching; dialogue; intertextuality; learning; literary knowledge; pedagogy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Institute of Education, University College London, London, UK

Publication date: July 2, 2020

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