English curriculums need to be more diverse. As one of the core subjects in the curriculum, and the language through which all other subjects are accessed, English departments shoulder a huge responsibility.
Literature provides learners with an insight into other countries and cultures; through novels, plays, short stories, poems and non-fiction texts, young people can learn about lives very different from their own. Therefore, it is vital that English curriculums represent all lives, not only white British lives.
Through my work researching and developing world and British literature courses for a variety of organisations, as well as my work teaching overseas in Asia, Africa and Europe, I have a vast experience in diversifying
It is not enough to throw in a short period of literature by African American writers. Change needs to be embedded within through the English curriculum, and that is where I can help.
What do I do?
Workshops for English departments to support the change to, and the implementation of, a more diverse English curriculum.
Resources and activities to help teachers restructure their schemes of work to include a wider range of texts
LinkedIn reviews about my work
In August 2015, Woody was in charge of copy editing an edited volume consisting of eleven chapters on life in contemporary rural Japan. She did a marvelous job of editing all chapters speedily and meticulously - within only one week. Her service to the book, the editor and the authors has been reliable, fast, and very professional.
STEPHANIE ASSMANN, PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY OF HYAGO
Woody was editor / proofreader for two of my (maths education) books. This presents quite a challenge in terms of detail, accuracy and interpreting 'maths' English. Woody was perceptive, meticulous and a great pleasure to work with. Thanks.
PROFESSOR STEVE CHINN
Woody is a thorough, accurate and efficient copyeditor. She did an excellent job of copy editing my book, which included five chapters of prose and a large collection of primary source documents. She is detail-oriented, professional, and a friendly person to work with. Thanks!
MICHAEL WOODS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT MARSHALL UNIVERSITY