The essential ingredients of great English teaching

Reflecting English


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What follows is an article I wrote for the latest edition of Teach Secondary. It is based on ideas from my book Making every English lesson count, which was published last summer.

No two English teachers will ever fully agree on what makes effective English teaching. And why should we? Each new teacher joins the profession with a vision about the kind of teacher they would like to become as well as a very distinctive set of personal aims and values. Over time, each of us develops a more and more nuanced conception of the factors that make for successful English teaching. We usually draw this from our personal experience, the wisdom of colleagues and our understanding of what has been shown to work in other contexts.

For me, great English teaching is defined by a genuine love for the subject and an extensive knowledge of…

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