As a subject, English Literature evades easy categorisation. In its idealised form, the Literature classroom might be described as a kind of discursive theatre; a space in which students and teachers read and respond to language-based artefacts that have been created to examine and enrich the human experience. While many students thrive in this kind of environment, others arrive without having acquired the highly-tuned reading and writing skills necessary to achieve at a high level. The purpose of this Community will be to share and discuss teaching strategies that can be implemented to support and extend all English Literature students. Sessions will explore a series of topics pertinent to the teaching and study of Literature - including, but not limited to: writing as a tool for analytical thinking, scaffolding student responses to literary text, vocabulary and spelling support, and protocols for establishing an intellectual community of learners in your own classroom.
All 5 live sessions for this community will be on Tuesdays between 4:00-5:30pm (HKT) on the following dates:
Benjamin Woods is a Secondary School teacher with more than 13 years experience in the disciplines of English Language Arts and Drama. He spent ten years teaching in international schools in Asia, and was the Head of World Languages at one of the top IB schools in China.
Over the course of his career, Benjamin has worked with students aged 11 to 19 years from a diversity of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and has cultivated an approach to teaching that draws on evidence-based methods and is responsive to individual student needs. As an English teacher and Head of Department, he has designed units, lesson plans, and assessments that prioritise the background knowledge, vocabulary, and cognitive skills necessary for literary analysis and interpretation.
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