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.
Chapter 2: What is Good Teaching?
What is Good Teaching?
‘Teaching’ and ‘Good Teaching’
A question prior to ‘What is good teaching?’ is ‘What is teaching?’ What, indeed. As teachers we may find this bald question strangely difficult to answer. It's just what we do, in lectures, classes, seminars, workshops, tutorials, by telephone, in teaching texts, websites, online. We study literary texts and movements, theoretical and critical works, performances and so forth, and analyse and discuss them with our students; we try to help our students become better at expressing their ideas and feelings verbally, in writing, creatively; we mark and assess their work … But, whatever we might reply, we are unlikely these days to say, simply, ‘Well, we tell them what we know’. And this is in ...