The Language and Discourse of Teaching Job Adverts | sputniksteve

Following my post about #EduTwitter’s response to an advert placed on the TES Jobs website by a certain free school, I’ve been contemplating the messages that lie beneath the surface of the language used in advertisements for teaching vacancies. In this post, I’d like to begin a critical look at that language and, more importantly, the discourses that such language reflects.

Before I begin, I think it might be worth offering a definition of discourse. However, this isn’t so easy. To begin with, dictionary.com offers these definitions:

 

noun1….

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The Language and Discourse of Teaching Job Adverts | sputniksteve

Following my post about #EduTwitter’s response to an advert placed on the TES Jobs website by a certain free school, I’ve been contemplating the messages that lie beneath the surface of the language used in advertisements for teaching vacancies. In this post, I’d like to begin a critical look at that language and, more importantly, the discourses that such language reflects.

Before I begin, I think it might be worth offering a definition of discourse. However, this isn’t so easy. To begin with, dictionary.com offers these definitions:

 

noun

1.

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Romanticism, Star Trek and the Prog/Trad Debate | sputniksteve

The power to change men’s common way of thinking.

-Diderot

I’ve recently been teaching my Year 10 students the content of the poetry anthology for GCSE English Literature. In order to develop the pupils’ contextual understanding, and their understanding of what some of these poems are doing, we’ve been discussing Romanticism. As part of this, I found a BBC documentary about The Romantics over four episodes. The first episode explores the influence upon Romanticism of the French Revolution, and appears to present a juxtaposition between two friends: Rousseau and Diderot. The former,…

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Romanticism, Star Trek and the Prog/Trad Debate | sputniksteve

The power to change men’s common way of thinking.

-Diderot

I’ve recently been teaching my Year 10 students the content of the poetry anthology for GCSE English Literature. In order to develop the pupils’ contextual understanding, and their understanding of what some of these poems are doing, we’ve been discussing Romanticism. As part of this, I found a BBC documentary about The Romantics over four episodes. The first episode explores the influence upon Romanticism of the French Revolution, and appears to present a juxtaposition between two friends: Rousseau and Diderot. The former,…

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#EduSonnet On Discourse | sputniksteve

Perhaps this conversation is misplaced,

And words are squandered, twisted out of shape.

Progressive and tradition now disgraced;

A dance macabre from which they can’t escape.

These tortured yin and yang both rooted in

The same historic fractured, tainted ground,

Where myths of freedom, myths of discipline

Become the prattling, clanking background sound.

And all are blind and deaf amidst the din,

Unwilling or unable to discern,

The biggest, darkest, clearest stubborn sin

Is when debating has no place to turn.

The greatest strength that one can ever find,

Must be to…

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#EduSonnet On Discourse | sputniksteve

Perhaps this conversation is misplaced,

And words are squandered, twisted out of shape.

Progressive and tradition now disgraced;

A dance macabre from which they can’t escape.

These tortured yin and yang both rooted in

The same historic fractured, tainted ground,

Where myths of freedom, myths of discipline

Become the prattling, clanking background sound.

And all are blind and deaf amidst the din,

Unwilling or unable to discern,

The biggest, darkest, clearest stubborn sin

Is when debating has no place to turn.

The greatest strength that one can ever find,

Must be to…

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