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Teaching and Learning English Literature

Teaching and Learning English Literature

March 2006 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Teaching and Learning English Literature presents a comprehensive overview of teaching English Literature from setting teaching goals and syllabus planning, through to a range of student assessment strategies and methods of course evaluation and improvement. A range of teaching methods are explored, from the traditional classroom, to newer collaborative work and uses of electronic technologies. Set in the context of the modern classroom Teaching and Learning English Literature will help both seasoned and less experienced faculty members become more informed, and better teachers of their subject.

The book includes discussion of:
  • The way Literature as a discipline is currently understood and constituted
  • What it means to study and learn the subject
  • What 'good teaching' is, at a time of reduced resources, increasing student numbers, and an emphasis on 'user-pay' principles and vocationalism
This text will be a vital resource for teachers of English Literature in universities and colleges world-wide.
The Discipline Today
What Is Good Teaching?
Teaching Literary Theory and Teaching Writing
Planning for Teaching
Curriculum and Course Design

Methods of Teaching
Student Assessment
Evaluating Teaching
Future Trends


'It is scarcely possible to imagine a truly educated person who cannot read well. Yet it is not clear how or even if courses in literature actually work. How can teachers of English help students in their developmental journey toward becoming skillful readers and educated persons? This is the complex question that Chambers and Gregory address in Teaching and Learning English Literature.

The authors consider practical matters such as course design and student assessment but do not shirk larger historical and theoretical issues. In a lucid and non-polemical fashion - and occasionally with welcome humor - Chambers and Gregory describe the what, why, and how of "doing" literature, often demonstrating the techniques they advocate. Veteran teachers will find the book rejuvenating, a stimulus to examining purposes and methods; beginning teachers may well find it indispensable' - Professor William Monroe, University of Houston

'The transatlantic cooperation of Ellie Chambers and Marshall Gregory has produced an outstanding book that ought to be on the shelves of anyone involved in the teaching of English Literature, as well as anyone engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning in general or in any discipline. As they say, "the teaching of English Literature plays a central role in human beings' search for meaning" although others in other disciplines may make this claim for theirs too. If so, they will still learn a great deal from this book; anyone looking for no more than a means of satisfying the demands of governments that look for simplistic quality measures and economic relevance, let them look elsewhere. This is a book for now and for all times' - Professor Lewis Elton, Visiting Professor, University of Manchester, Honorary Professor, University College London

I expected it to be an instruction book on literature, not on how to teach literature.

Ms Ruut aan de Stegge
English Literature , Kennemer College
January 18, 2016

Very useful text for teachers who are returning to teaching literature.

Mrs Ruth Marie Steyert
Functional Skills, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
March 27, 2016

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Ellie Chambers

Marshall Gregory

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