The London Association for the Teaching of English, 1947-1967

A History

October 2013
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    21st October 2013
  • ISBN 9781858565200
  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

This is the fascinating story of the birth, growth and development of the London Association of the Teaching of English (L.A.T.E.) from its earliest years through to the formation of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and thereafter. The work of founder members of L.A.T.E. such as James Britton, Harold Rosen and Nancy Martin was critical in the development of an English teaching pedagogy that still significantly influences the work of teachers across many parts of the world to this day.

As a critical account of the rise of a progressive model of English, the book is essential reading for all those involved in the teaching and research of the subject, from prospective and new entrants to the profession to experienced teachers and researchers of English. With its first-hand testimony and unpublished archival material, the book will also be of interest to students and researchers in the field of the history of education and to those concerned with effective models for professional development.

In turbulent times in the educational landscape – at the level of curriculum, pedagogy and teacher professionalism – this book offers both a way to understand “how we got here” and draws pertinent lessons from history to point to profitable ways forward in the development of inclusive English teaching and enhanced teacher professionalism.

"This history tells how a small minority of English teachers, by slow persistent efforts, freed themselves from the shackles that were authoritatively imposed from above. Maybe a new generation can take on the torch."

John Dixon, Hon. D. Litt, author of Growth Through English and A Schooling in English

Simon Gibbons

Simon Gibbons is a lecturer in English in Education at King’s College London, the current Chair of NATE, and the Secretary and longstanding committee member of L.A.T.E.