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Vote Different!3 September 2013

The language of persuasion can be very subtle. Often times, voters are persuaded by ads that attack an opponent, called smear campaigns or attack ads. They are not always produced directly by the political... more

Marxism, feminism & Freud3 September 2013

Part of understanding the context of interpretation is realizing that readers come to the table with their own agenda. In other words, people look to literature to prove their theories on how the world... more

Sex in ads3 September 2013

In the fashion world, the depiction of sex is often used to sell products. One could argue that 'sex' is a stylistic device commonly found in print ads. It is the language of persuasion. However, ads... more

Planning: where classroom and curriculum meet3 September 2013

When a teacher sits down to plan a course of lessons, they become the instrument through which the classroom and the curriculum meet. Regardless of the intentions of the curriculum designers, it... more

Form and contentfree31 August 2013

Like the written task, the further oral activity is a marriage of form and content. Students can do a debate, interview or role play based on their understanding of 'course material' and 'texts'. However,... more

Graphic novelfree30 August 2013

Are you studying a graphic novel for Part 3 of your syllabus? Persepolis, Maus, and Watchmen are a few of the popular texts in this genre. Before you discuss these texts, however, it helps to know some... more

Patterns in Literature: Parallelism and Deviation22 August 2013

In an earlier scheme of work – see ‘What is this thing called literature?' – the essence of language art was the central concern. The focus of the activities foregrounded a debate between those... more

The Adventure of English8 August 2013

In ‘The Adventure of English’ (2002), a British television series, Melvyn Bragg narrates the history of the English language from its origins in the 5th century to its status as a global language... more

Reviews8 August 2013

On this page you will find reviews of books and other resources useful to teachers of Language and Literature. Subscribers to the site are encouraged to submit their own reviews. Aim to keep reviews... more

Writing Black Britain8 August 2013

People like me who came to England in the 1950s have been there for centuries; symbolically, we have been there for centuries. I was coming home. I am the sugar at the bottom of the English cup of... more