Lit­er­a­ture teach­ers’ sym­po­sium af­ter ex­am­i­na­tions

The Manica Post - - Education/entertainment - Mor­ris Mtisi Ed­u­ca­tion Cor­re­spon­dent

THANK you all dear Lit­er­a­ture teach­ers who ex­press sat­is­fac­tion with this ed­u­ca­tion col­umn. It has been a long time of th­ese flat­ter­ing re­marks but be­yond that many have en­gaged me with very dif­fi­cult ques­tions. Many more teach­ers have re­quested a sym­po­sium of sorts to share ex­pe­ri­ences, knowl­edge and wis­dom around this learn­ing area that is fas­ci­nat­ing but not the eas­i­est to teach.

Lit­er­a­ture is re­ally not an area where one can claim to be the best. The best lit­er­a­ture teacher or learner is one who hears and un­der­stands other peo­ple’s ob­ser­va­tions, re­flec­tions, imag­i­na­tions and judg­ments be­fore you agree with them or as­sert your own.

There is ob­vi­ously need for teach­ers of English Lit­er­a­ture and Lit­er­a­ture in English to be co­or­di­nated.

We are bet­ter to­gether than not. In­ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers in par­tic­u­lar will ben­e­fit from ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers and re­source gu­rus in the area.

Even ex­perts too need to un­der­stand the chal­lenges on the ground. They too learn in the process.

They too need space to mean­ing­fully en­gage.

Now, this is what is hap­pen­ing! Cour­tesy of this col­umn and Di­a­mond FM Ra­dio-Ed­u­ca­tion, we are or­gan­is­ing a full day Lit­er­a­ture sym­po­sium sched­uled for the last Fri­day of Novem­ber 2019.

The theme of the sym­po­sium will be ‘The Power of Lit­er­a­ture in Shap­ing Real Lives.’

The sym­po­sium shall look at both the Cam­bridge and Zim­Sec syl­labi and the dif­fer­ences in ex­pec­ta­tions and stan­dards.

Some of the ques­tions the sym­po­sium will an­swer are:

1.What is a good Lit­er­a­ture teacher? 2. What is the role of Lit­er­a­ture in the schemes of life of the learn­ers? 3. What is Prac­ti­cal Crit­i­cism? How does it de­velop crit­i­cal think­ing? 4. Why is Lit­er­a­ture failed dis­mally an­nu­ally? Is it re­ally the Physics of the Arts as some call it? 5. Why are teach­ers and learn­ers afraid of Shake­speare? 6. What power is there in the novel?

Main fa­cil­i­ta­tors shall be The Man­ica Post guest ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als writer and colum­nist, also Di­a­mond FM Ra­dio teacher, Mor­ris Mtisi and Mr Moses Mukoyi, St Faith’s High School head and Man­i­ca­land ti­tle holder of best Lit­er­a­ture teacher award.

The sym­po­sium shall be ad­dressed by sev­eral other se­lected teach­ers and like in ev­ery other sym­po­sium ev­ery teacher shall con­tribute knowl­edge and ideas in dis­till­ing wis­dom around the teach­ing and learn­ing of Lit­er­a­ture.

Reg­is­tra­tion to par­tic­i­pate ei­ther as in­di­vid­u­als or school com­mences im­me­di­ately. In­for­ma­tion about how to regis­ter is avail­able on the fol­low­ing cell phone num­bers: 0773 883 293 and 0772 496 400

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