Teaching and Learning English Literature presents a comprehensive overview of teaching English Literature from setting teaching goals and syllabus planning, through to a range of student assessment strategies and methods of course evaluation and improvement. A range of teaching methods are explored, from the traditional classroom, to newer collaborative work and uses of electronic technologies.



Whether or not the discipline of English Literature is ‘in crisis’ is something we consider right at the start of this book. But if not in crisis, it is certainly a discipline in the process of marked change. Curriculum, syllabus, teaching and student assessment methods all are pressured by significant social and political forces. In recent times, for example, these forces and government policies have produced:

  • a ‘massification’ of higher education, with no commensurate increase in resource for teaching;

  • a dominant discourse of the marketplace;

  • a related instrumental pedagogic discourse of measurable ‘learning outcomes’ and skills ‘transferable’ to the workplace, underpinned by a so-called learner-centred ideology;

  • increased resource for and dependence on information and communication technologies (ICTs);

  • a convergence of distance and conventional education ...

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