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[Xmca-l] Re: "English" as a school subject



Hi,
In France & Switzerland, French is an important school subject. Curriculum
includes reading/writing, then later (from 7-8 years old) spelling, some
grammar, vocabulary, and later again (around 11-12) literature (dominantly
French).
Best
LK


2016-08-16 13:28 GMT+02:00 Shirley Franklin <s.franklin08@btinternet.com>:

> In England, what is meant by "English" in primary schools tends to be
> rather dreadful non contextualised "Literacy" Skills, while in secondary it
> becomes more literature-focused with some language.
> But the formal assessment assumes it's the same throughout and inspectors
> and Government wonder why kids "slip backwards" in secondary English
> achievements!
>
> Shows the idiocy of isolated literacy teaching and of testing.
>
> Shirley
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On 16 Aug 2016, at 11:31, Greg Mcverry <jgregmcverry@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Peter,
> >
> > I have always heard colloquially that English became a subject first in
> > India where imperial government officials feared their children were
> being
> > deanglicized by the locals. No idea if it's true.
> >
> > I also think English as a subject is evolving with the rise of
> disciplinary
> > literacies as a lens. It is no longer cast as the class where you learn
> to
> > read and write.
> >
> > Greg
> >
> >> On Tue, Aug 16, 2016, 6:26 AM Peter Smagorinsky <smago@uga.edu> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi, I'm writing mainly to my colleagues who are familiar with public
> >> school, pre-university (what we call K-12 in the US) education systems,
> >> with a question.
> >>
> >> In English-speaking nations, there is a school subject called "English"
> >> that involves the study of literature (much from English-speaking
> authors,
> >> rather than "world literature" which may have its own separate course),
> >> writing (or now, multimodal composing), and language study (of the
> English
> >> language, often in the form of grammar instruction). This subject is not
> >> ESL, EFL, TESOL, or other way of describing learning the language of
> >> English by speakers of other languages.
> >>
> >> My question: I know that in Russia there are school subjects of Russian
> >> literature and language; in the Netherlands there is the following:
> >> The Study Dutch Language & Literature (Dutch: Nederlandse Taal- en
> >> Letterkunde) can be found at each Dutch university. Formerly you studied
> >> linguistics and literature, from about 1975 a third component was
> >> introduced: Taalbeheersing (Dutch for language skills, especially
> writing
> >> and argumentation). Nowadays the studies have new names, like Dutch
> >> Language and culture
> >>
> >> Do other nations dedicate a school subject to this discipline
> (literature,
> >> writing, language study in L1 and generally nationalistic in
> curriculum)?
> >> If so, what is it called, and what does it comprise?
> >>
> >> Thx,Peter
> >>
> >>
>
>
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