On Friday 14th October the University of Sheffield will be running a free one-day workshop, giving teachers of Key Stage 3 English the opportunity to learn about one of the most dynamic approaches to integrated English language and literature to have developed in recent years. Working with the world’s leading experts in the field, teachers will be able to explore new perspectives on literary reading and develop practical resources to help nurture nuanced reading skills in young learners.
The text-world approach to language and literature describes the relationship between the language on the literary page and the detailed, immersive text-worlds in readers’ minds. It provides a fully contextualised, grammatical framework which can enable students to develop greater sensitivity to literary language.
Our workshop will include an introduction to key ideas from the text-world framework, real-life case studies of text-world teaching in Key Stage 3 classrooms, and dedicated practical sessions, putting together plans and resources for your own teaching.
Lunch and other refreshments will be provided.
Details of our workshop facilitators:
Joanna Gavins is the world’s foremost expert on the text-world approach to language and literature. She is a Reader in Literary Linguistics in the School of English at the University of Sheffield and has published widely in stylistics and language study.
Marcello Giovanelli has many years’ experience teaching English in secondary schools and higher education, and is a consultant teacher for the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE). He is currently Chair of Examiners for A-level English Language and Literature at a major English examination board and is Assistant Professor in English Education at the University of Nottingham.
Jessica Mason is a Lecturer in English Language and Literature at the University of
Sheffield. Her research focuses on applying concepts from cognitive linguistics to the education context, looking specifically at studying fiction in secondary school English.
Ian Cushing has a background in linguistics and taught English in secondary schools for a number of years. He is now conducting doctoral research, investigating the use of Text World Theory as a pedagogical tool in the teaching of poetry with Key Stage 3 students. He has published widely in the field of educational linguistics.
If you would like to attend, please complete the registration form here.