I booked my NSW teaching interview for June 6 in Lismore (two and a half hours drive from here)!!!! I’m well excited and so nervous, I have already started to write notes about what to talk about in my interview.
I’m heading to an English seminar next weekend and I am rather excited!
Poetry’s Progress (or Regress): Out of “The Orange Tree” Abstract “The Orange Tree” by John Shaw Neilson, in which a young girl counters an adult’s over-elaborate questions, is the central poem in this session by Paul Sherman. Paul, who knew Judith Wright, remembers her ranking of Neilson as Australia’s greatest lyric poet. The session will include a range of Australian poems with settings ranging from Western Australia’s Pilbara (in a local Indigenous language as well as in English translation) to Queensland’s Torres Strait
Literacy vs literacy: Curriculum strand or general capability? Abstract This presentation will address some of the opportunities and challenges arising from working with literacy as both an English curriculum strand and a general capability in the Australian Curriculum. Drawing on experiences from a literacies education lecturer and pre-service teachers in literacies education undergraduate courses for the Australian Curriculum, this presentation will share some emergent themes and possibilities for the English classroom.
Mr Darcy and That Wet Shirt: Intertextuality, Pride and Prejudice and the Australian Curriculum Abstract With its emphasis on multimodal, multicultural texts (including a focus on Asian texts) and the aesthetic appreciation of literature, the Australian Curriculum offers English teachers exciting opportunities to teach students about intertextuality by looking at how classic texts are interpreted by modern media and audiences. Pride and Prejudice is a prime example, having spawned several television and film adaptations over the years (BBC – 1995, Joe Wright’s 2005 film). It is also referenced by numerous film and literary texts, especially Colin Firth’s iconic wet shirt scene from the 1995 BBC adaptation (Bride and Prejudice, Lost in Austen and St Trinian’s), and other imaginative reincarnations (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). This proposed unit is intended to be a fun way of drawing students into the world of this much-loved novel, through looking at some of these adaptations and references. The unit focuses on Bride and Prejudice specifically, exploring the common themes and motifs of the increasingly popular Bollywood genre, and discussing whether or not this modern adaptation stays true to Austen’s original intent. In this way the unit will cover general capabilities (critical and creative thinking, ethical behavior, intercultural understanding) and cross-curriculum priorities (Asian texts) of the Australian Curriculum.