A tale of two conferences: L.A.T.E., two key moments in the development of ‘London' English and the questions that still need asking

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594552
Title:
A tale of two conferences: L.A.T.E., two key moments in the development of ‘London' English and the questions that still need asking
Authors:
Gibbons, Simon
Abstract:
Current and recent policy around curriculum and pedagogy for English in England has seen a lack of principled thinking about what the subject should be and how it should best serve the needs of children. In postwar England, in London in particular, teachers and academics working within the London Association for the Teaching of English (L.A.T.E.) were engaged in just such principled thinking, driven by the need to formulate a ‘new' English in the context of a changing school landscape and a changing school population. Central to L.A.T.E.'s work was the focus on the child, and the need to devise a model of the subject that was, at its core, responsive to the experience, interests and language of students. Given the direction central policy around English has taken in the past 20 years, this article considers the importance of reevaluating L.A.T.E.'s work, and considers two key conferences in the history of the Association as important watershed moments in the development of these aspects of ‘London' English. In doing so, it argues that the questions for which L.A.T.E. members sought answers are precisely those that should be asked today, but that seem to be absent from policymakers' debates about English.
Citation:
Gibbons, S. (2012) 'A Tale of Two Conferences: L.A.T.E., Two Key Moments in the Development of ‘London' English and the Questions that Still Need Asking'. Changing English 19 (3):295
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Changing English
Issue Date:
Sep-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594552
DOI:
10.1080/1358684X.2012.704580
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1358684X.2012.704580
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1358-684X; 1469-3585
Appears in Collections:
CRELLA Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment

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dc.contributor.authorGibbons, Simonen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-22T11:56:03Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-22T11:56:03Zen
dc.date.issued2012-09en
dc.identifier.citationGibbons, S. (2012) 'A Tale of Two Conferences: L.A.T.E., Two Key Moments in the Development of ‘London' English and the Questions that Still Need Asking'. Changing English 19 (3):295en
dc.identifier.issn1358-684Xen
dc.identifier.issn1469-3585en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1358684X.2012.704580en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/594552en
dc.description.abstractCurrent and recent policy around curriculum and pedagogy for English in England has seen a lack of principled thinking about what the subject should be and how it should best serve the needs of children. In postwar England, in London in particular, teachers and academics working within the London Association for the Teaching of English (L.A.T.E.) were engaged in just such principled thinking, driven by the need to formulate a ‘new' English in the context of a changing school landscape and a changing school population. Central to L.A.T.E.'s work was the focus on the child, and the need to devise a model of the subject that was, at its core, responsive to the experience, interests and language of students. Given the direction central policy around English has taken in the past 20 years, this article considers the importance of reevaluating L.A.T.E.'s work, and considers two key conferences in the history of the Association as important watershed moments in the development of these aspects of ‘London' English. In doing so, it argues that the questions for which L.A.T.E. members sought answers are precisely those that should be asked today, but that seem to be absent from policymakers' debates about English.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1358684X.2012.704580en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Changing Englishen
dc.subjectL.A.T.E.en
dc.subject‘London' Englishen
dc.subjectpotential value of historical researchen
dc.subjectLondon Association for the Teaching of Englishen
dc.subjectEnglish language teachingen
dc.titleA tale of two conferences: L.A.T.E., two key moments in the development of ‘London' English and the questions that still need askingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalChanging Englishen
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