Following on from the success of our free workshop for KS3 English teachers in October last year, the Literary Linguistics Research Cluster are delighted to announce that we will be running a second workshop on Text-Worlds in the Classroom on Tuesday 25th April 2017.
Once again, our team of world-leading experts will be giving teachers the opportunity to learn about one of the most dynamic approaches to integrated English language and literature to have developed in recent years. 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. The workshop is free of charge.
To register, please complete our registration form.
Joanna Gavins is the world’s foremost expert on the text-world
approach to language and literature. She is a Professor in English Language and Literature in the School of English at the University of Sheffield and has published widely in stylistics and language study.
Marcello Giovanelli is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Aston University. He has many years’ experience teaching English in secondary schools and higher education and is currently Chair of Examiners for A-level English Language and Literature at a major English examination board. He has published widely on Text World Theory.
Jessica Mason is a is a Lecturer in English Language at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focuses on applying concepts from cognitive linguistics to the education context, looking specifically at studying fiction in secondary school English. She was awarded the ‘Terry Furlong Award for Research’ by the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) in 2015.
Ian Cushing has a background in linguistics and taught English in secondary schools for a number of years. He is a Teaching Fellow in English Linguistics at University College London, and a doctoral researcher in Applied Linguistics at Aston University. His research is 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.