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Harold Rosen and English Teaching – EMC Twilight Series
November 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harold Rosen was a major figure and leader of thought in the world of English teaching throughout the second half of the twentieth century. He was also a great supporter of the English and Media Centre from its beginnings. Harold’s concerns, from the late 1940s onwards until his death in 2008, still resonate today. The need for teachers to recognise and respect the language and culture which students bring to the school; the need for schools to offer coherence in the language demands they make on students across the curriculum; the importance of a non-hierarchical relationship between educational theory and classroom practice; the need to see language diversity in schools as a bonus, not a problem; the centrality of narrative in learning: these were themes which Harold developed and championed as a pioneer.
A collection of Harold’s educational writing, stories and poems, Harold Rosen: Writings on Life, Language and Learning 1958 to 2008, edited by John Richmond, was published earlier this year. At this session, John will talk about Harold’s work, pointing especially to aspects which have especial relevance to English teachers’ working lives today.