About the English Association

The English Association's Royal Charter and Seal

Our Aim

The aim of the English Association is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the English language and its literatures and to foster good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.

We do this by:

      • working towards a fuller recognition of English as an essential element in education and in the community at large
      • by encouraging the study of English language and literature
      • by means of conferences, lectures and publications
      • by fostering the discussion of methods of teaching English of all kinds
      • and by responding to national issues.

See our Royal Charter

Our strategy

Our vision is of a world with a deeper knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of the English language and its literatures; a world in which the value of the study of English to education, career, and personal life is recognised by all. Find out how we're going to get there: download our 2019 - 2023 Strategy.

Our members

Our membership is made up of people and institutions from all around the world and they can expect

  • timely, relevant and action-focused professional development events
  • access to cutting-edge research through our publications
  • a curated collection of high-quality resources for teachers at all levels of education
  • a route to participation in national and international debates about the teaching and learning of English language, literature and creative writing
  • to be part of an engaged community that is rich in diversity and difference

Our work matters because:

  • We know that the study of English language, literature and creative writing equips young people with important skills that will make them attractive to employers.
  • We know that a robust discipline of English studies has much to contribute to other disciplines across the arts, humanities, and sciences.
  • Most importantly, we know that the study of English has value in its own right.

Our partners and colleagues

We work closely with other subject associations and organisations, including:

Institute of English Studies

The UK Literacy Association

National Association for Teachers of English (NATE)

National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE)

University English

The EA also convenes the Common English Forum, a body which exists to consider matters of current interest in English studies both in schools and universities.

Our History

The English 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. It took a leading part in the movement to develop English studies in schools, while encouraging advanced studies in further education. Past Presidents of the Association have included John Galsworthy, Harley Granville-Barker, Sir Kenneth Clark and George Steiner.

The Association today is an international organisation with Fellows and members in Britain and throughout the world. It is a registered charity (1124890) and in December 2006 was incorporated by Royal Charter.

The Association has been based at the University of Leicester since December 1993.

Equality and Diversity Statement

The English Association is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. All members of the Association are assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment. We adopt the principle of diversity and equality in our organisational structures and in all of our policies and activities. We also use our influence as an organisation to promote this principle in the subject community at large.

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