This is a list of introductory texts originally offered as a starting point to English PGCE students, and useful for experienced teachers who want to improve their own practise.

If you have ideas about an issue that you would like to explore further within English teaching they provide a useful introduction and can help in directing you towards more specialist or focused literature.

Andrews, R.

Teaching and Learning English
Continuum, 2001

Barnes, D.

From Communication to Curriculum
Penguin, 1976

Blackman, M.

Noughts and Crosses
Corgi, 2006

Brindley, S. (ed.)

Teaching English
Routledge/Open University Press, 1994
**Also available as an e-book

Crystal, D.

Discover Grammar
Longman, 1996

Davidson, J. and Moss, J.

Issues in English Teaching
Routledge, 2000
**Also available as an e-book

Ellis, V., Fox, C. & Street, B. (eds.)

Rethinking English in Schools:Towards a New and Constructive Stage
Continuum, 2009

Ellis, V. (ed.)

Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools (5th edition)
Learning Matters, 2013

McCallum, A.

Creativity and Learning in Secondary English
Routledge, 2012

Thompson, I. (ed.)

Designing Tasks in Secondary Education: Enhancing subject understanding and student engagement
Routledge, 2014

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