It’s hard to believe that almost a month has passed since the “my shakespeare” teachers’ workshop at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town! For those who were fortunate enough to participate in this event, the energy and ideas and passion that it generated feel very fresh. We thought it would be a good idea to post a little reminder . . .
These posters are a record of the “silent conversation” that took place alongside the presentations and workshop sessions … and of course all the LOUD conversations in between!
Our presenters, Robyn Tyler, Buhle Ngaba, Bronwen Rees, Amanda Mkehle and Lauren Bates, gave fascinating plenary talks on:
Orienting towards our learners: Shakespeare in the multilingual classroom
Readings and reflections on Shakespeare in translation
Integrating Shakespeare across the curriculum
Improvisation in teaching and performing Shakespeare
Then it was time for breakaway sessions on:
Lifting the text off the page
Multilingual Essay Writing
Creative Writing with Shakespeare’s Fools
Day two concluded with a panel discussion, including Fazeelah Haffejee of the Western Cape Education Department and Peter Ruddock of the Independent Examinations Board, on the challenges of transforming curriculum and assessment practices.
So, where to from here?
Well, we have to tackle those curriculum and assessment issues!
And how about using Shakespeare to support the language and literacy advocacy work of the bua-lit collective? You can read Robyn Tyler’s blog post about “my shakespeare” on the bua-lit website here.
Or maybe you and your learners could sign up for the Shakespeare Schools Festival?
We are currently revising the Resources section of Shakespeare ZA to accommodate the teaching and learning materials that some of the “my shakespeare” participants have generously shared (different plays will have dedicated pages, the Translation section will be expanding, etc). Please keep these contributions coming …
Make sure you follow Shakespeare ZA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to receive updates in the coming months, and spread the word among your learners and fellow teachers!
Finally, a few thoughts from workshop participants:
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