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The Australian Curriculum...
The classical works of the Bard, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Joseph Conrad will become mandatory for Year 11 and Year 12 students to study in new back-to-basics syllabuses to be unveiled to schools...
The Daily Telegraph, February,,2017
Toil Without Trouble: an Introduction to Shakespeare's World
In this six-week online course you will learn what it is that makes Shakespeare's plays so enduring and loved. By understanding the world of Shakespeare you will be able to tackle his plays with confidence and panache. By learning the cultural, social and historical context of Shakespeare's wold you will be in a position to understand his plays in a way that makes sense to you.
Each week you will be set homework in the form of locating sources, researching, note-taking and summarising so that by the end of the course you will have collated notes to help you when you study individual plays. You will also create a bibliography of sources that will be invaluable in your future studies of The Bard.
You will learn:
- How reading a play is different to reading a novel
- Shakespeare and the Canon
- Imagery in Shakespeare
- Words Shakespeare invented (and common cliches)
- Language in Elizabethan England
- Shakespeare's most famous speeches
- Politics in Shakespeare's plays
- Examples of modern uses of Shakespeare (intertextuality)
- The social context of Shakespeare's world
- Explore Shakespeare's relevance today
- Key recurring themes across Shakespeare's plays
- The supernatural in Shakespeare
There's more but you get the idea.
Online workshops will be held weekly on Wednesdays at 5.00pm and repeated on Saturday mornings at 10.00am. The workshops will also be recorded and uploaded to our course, along with all support materials, so that you can watch or rewatch and study at your leisure.
There will also be a lively Facebook community where everyone can share their ideas. I will be available most days in the group, sharing quotes, tips and tidbits.
Dates: Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 - Saturday, 15th November, 2017
For The Love Of It: Reading The Classics For Love & Learning
Being well-read is a quality that is highly valued in our fast-paced, ever-changing world. Only by looking back can we move forward with confidence. Reading the classics gives us the tools we need to understand both ourselves and those around us. In this six-week online course you will explore a range of classic texts, both Western and non-Western, that are suitable for young scholars, providing you a window into the joys of reading for love and learning.
Each week you will be set homework in the form of reading passages, poems or stories, and completing writing tasks to guide your understanding and appreciation. By the end of the six weeks you will have given thought to your own list of great books.
During the six weeks you will learn the following:
- What is good literature
- What is a literary cannon
- How to choose your own canon
- Can a story be universal?
- A literary timeline: from Romanticism to Postmodernism and beyond
- Different ways of reading a text
- Marginalised voices
- The best books of all time: choose your own
- The development of writing systems and story-telling
- The death of the author and other literary theories
- Modern uses of the canon
- The importance of being earnest in your reading
Online workshops will be held weekly on Thursdays at 5.00pm and repeated on Saturday morning at 9.00am. The workshops will also be recorded and uploaded to our course, along with support materials so that you can watch or rewatch and study at your leisure.
There will also be a lively Facebook community where everyone can share their ideas. I will be available mot days in the group, sharing quotes, tips and tidbits.
Dates: Thursday, 12th October, 2017 - Saturday, 15th November, 2017