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Orwell created his novel as a warning to society about the dangers of totalitarianism:
To gain a broader understanding of why and how this novel remains relevant, student need to be able gauge Orwell's contextual motivations and worldview. There are many excellent sites available but what Orwell himself wrote about his authorial purpose is an excellent starting point.
The following quote is a good discussion prompt about how writing can be skillfully used as a powerful political and allegorical tool for raising social awareness.
‘What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art. My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice. When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ” I am going to produce a work of art.” I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing. But I could not do the work of writing a book, or even a long magazine article, if it were not also an aesthetic experience.
Syllabus changes have brought challenges and we have lost some well-loved texts but new texts such as Eileen Chong's poetry are exciting new options on the list.
Once the dust settles, and all the hard work in choosing texts has been done, the benefits within the NEW Syllabus will be more apparent.
TTA workshops will no longer be running face to face workshops. I am working towards offering my own face-to-face workshops as well as podcasts and online presentations later in the year.
At present however, my focus is on finishing off the first four textbooks for the new syllabus. I have decided to single single text detailed booklets rather than compiled versions. For 'Human Experiences', each 'Textual Study' will be approximately 65 A4 pages long. The aim is to provide teachers with real analytical depth.
The first four include the following, largely because NESA have given some sample guidelines for how to approach them.
The following textual studies will be
So Calling all English Teachers
Get back to me with your text choices for the Common Module as well as your Advanced and Standard Modules. That will help me choose which texts to focus on.
Looking forward to you getting in touch with what texts suit the programs you have decided on.
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organising Student or Staff workshops.
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