University of Leicester eBulletin

Success of English Association

July 2003
No 196

A prestigious international organisation that promotes the knowledge and enjoyment of English around the globe - based at the University of Leicester - has achieved a new distinction

The English Association’s journal, English 4-11, is one of just two UK projects accepted for showcasing at an international conference in Boston, Mass, held between 20-27 July 2003.

English 4-11 is produced by the Association at its headquarters at the University of Leicester.

The conference is hosted by the AlphaGraphics corporation for their franchise holders across the world. Each showcase is a five-minute video to be run at the opening sessions and subsequently at intervals throughout the conference.

The prestigious English Association moved from London to the University of Leicester in December 1993. Its aim is to promote the knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of English language and literature, and to foster good practice in the teaching and learning of English at all levels.

An international organisation with branches throughout the world, it encourages the study of English through conferences, lectures, publications, discussions on teaching methods and by responding to national issues.

The Association was founded in 1906 by a small group of English teachers and scholars, including F S Boas, A C Bradley and Sir Israel Gollancz. Past presidents have included John Galsworthy, author of The Forsyte Saga; Harley Granville-Barker, actor, dramatist and Shakespearean scholar; Sir Kenneth Clark, author and television presenter of Civilisation; author Dame Rebecca West; and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

In advance for the conference showcase, Helen Lucas, Chief Executive of the English Association was filmed and interviewed at the University of Leicester.

She said: “We are pleased and honoured to be part of the showcase at the Boston conference.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Further information is available from Ms Helen Lucas, Chief Executive, the English Association, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 3982, fax 0116 252 2301, email, website

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