Literature and theory

Another frequent question posed to students in introductory literary courses is whether theory is a necessary tool to conduct literary analysis. Should readers simply provide a personal response to texts or should they only pay close attention the text language and structure? Or still, should readers examine texts considering broader philosophical and political theories? I … More Literature and theory

Readers’ interactions in an online reading group

This is the abstract of an article published at the end of last year in the Language & Literacy journal, published by the University of Alberta, Canada. It reports on some of the findings from my research on an online reading group for English language teachers. ABSTRACT This study is an investigation of readers’ posts … More Readers’ interactions in an online reading group

Teaching Shakespeare to international students

Thanks to the British Shakespeare Association for publishing this short article in the latest issue of Teaching Shakespeare.  Attitudes to Shakespeare in the field of teaching English as a foreign/second language have historically oscillated from given him a prominent position in the diffusion of the English language overseas (Eagleton, 2008) to an almost total rejection … More Teaching Shakespeare to international students

IATEFL Glasgow 2017

My IATEFL report will once again focus on the presentations that where part of the Literature SIG conference programme. The pre-conference event (PCE) was a joint event with the Creativity Group and I would also like to express my gratitude to Alan Maley for the support and for helping promote the event. This year the … More IATEFL Glasgow 2017