The London Association for the Teaching of English 1947 - 67

A history

Paperback / softback, 120 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
1 Oct 2013
Trentham Books

Price: £23.99

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This is the fascinating story of the birth, growth, and development of the London Association for the Teaching of English from its earliest years through to the formation of the National Association for the Teaching of English and thereafter. The work of founder members of LATE, such as James Britton, Harold Rosen, and Nancy Martin, was critical in the development of an English-teaching pedagogy that still influences the work of teachers across many parts of the world today.

As a critical account of the rise of a progressive model of English, this book is essential reading for all those involved in the teaching and research of the subject, from prospective and new entrants to the profession to experienced teachers and researchers of English. With its first hand testimony and unpublished archive material, this book will also be of interest to students and researchers in the field of the history of education, and to those concerned with effective models for professional development.

In these turbulent times in education, this book offers a way to understand how we got here, and draws pertinent lessons from history for the development of inclusive English teaching and enhanced teacher professionalism.

  • Simon Gibbons

    Dr Simon Gibbons is a lecturer in English in Education at King's College London, the current chair of NATE, and is the Secretary as well as a long-standing committee member of LATE.

CONTENTS: Introduction: An untold story; 1. The birth of the London Association for the Teaching of English; 2. The early work of LATE: 1947-52; 3. The 1950s: Battles with the examination boards; 4. Emerging strands in London English: 1956-63; 5. LATE and the formation of NATE; 6. The Dartmouth conference; 7. Conclusions: The enduring significance of LATE

This history tells how a small minority of English teachers, by slow persistent efforts, freed themselves from the shackles that were authoritatively imposed from above. Maybe a new generation can take on the torch.

John Dixon, Hon. D. Litt., author of 'Growth through English', and 'A Schooling in English'