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The Poetry of W.H. Auden Online Course

  • Course Code: IEPT0003
  • Facilitator: Emily Bosco
  • Start Date: 29th May, 2017
  • End Date: 4th August, 2017                                                                    
  • Format: Online                                                                                   
  • Accredited Career Stage Level: Proficient Teacher NSW 
  • QTC Accredited Hours: 16
  • Cost: $450 (GST inclusive)

This course runs from week 6 of Term 2 until week 3 of Term 3 (NSW school term dates). There will be no classes during the holiday break (3rd July-16th July, 2017).


Course Description

This course has been designed for Stage 6 English teachers who have HSC Advanced English classes studying the prescribed poems of W.H. Auden for Module C: Representing People and Politics. Over 8 weeks teachers will explore how to make the study of W.H. Auden’s poetry in the context of representing people and politics an accessible and enjoyable experience for students. A variety of suitable related texts will also be covered. The modules in the course are designed to assist teachers in three key ways:

  1. Achieving a sophisticated conceptual understanding of the relationship between people and politics
  2. Promoting student engagement with the prescribed poems
  3. Pushing for depth in student thinking

Target Audience

This course is designed for Secondary English teachers who are interested in improving their approach to teaching the poetry of W.H. Auden in the context of HSC English Module C: Representation and Text. The strategies suggested can be implemented in the classroom as the teacher progresses through the course.

Working Online

This course takes place in the Into English online learning environment. Once you have successfully registered, you will be added into our system and you will receive your login details. The course begins on the advertised start date, and a new module will be unlocked for you each week. There are no set times where you will have to be online for webinars or live conferences. Rather, you will have access to specific course materials in each module, and are required to complete a relevant practical activity, before reporting back to the group online. 

Each module requires 2 hours to complete. 

Modules

Module 1: Course Outline and Getting Started

An overview of the course, expectations, and getting set up in the online learning environment. 

Module 2: Thinking Conceptually About People and Politics

In this module, participants will learn about key political theories that can be called upon to improve student understanding and engagement within this elective. Participants will also learn a variety of engaging individual and collaborative classroom activities that can be used to teach these concepts.

Module 3: A Unit Framework

This module introduces participants to a unit of work that has been designed around four points of comparison: Hegemony and the Construction of Social Order, The Rise of Fascism and Totalitarian Leaders and States, The Cognitive Dissonance Caused by the Incompatibility of Truth and Happiness, and The Choice of the Individual to Challenge, Accept, or be Apathetic Toward Political Injustice. Using this framework to organise and teach a study of W.H. Auden’s poems ensures that the concept of representing people and politics (and the relevant political theories that underpin it) are kept at the forefront of textual analysis.

Module 4: ‘Oh what is that sound which so thrills the ear’ and ‘Spain’

In this module, participants will learn strategies for conducting a close analysis of these poems, along with a variety of engaging individual and collaborative classroom activities. The related text ‘Spilling the Spanish Beans’ by George Orwell will be considered alongside these poems.

Module 5 and Module 6: ‘Epitaph on a Tyrant’, ‘In Memory of WB Yeats’, and ‘September 1st 1939’

In these modules, participants will learn strategies for conducting a close analysis of these poems, along with a variety of engaging individual and collaborative classroom activities. The related text ‘Who’s for the Game?’ by Jessie Pope will be considered alongside these poems.

Module 7: ‘The Unknown Citizen’ and ‘The Shield of Achilles’

In this module, participants will learn strategies for conducting a close analysis of these poems, along with a variety of engaging individual and collaborative classroom activities. The related text ‘Matthew P. Hoh’s Resignation Letter’ by Matthew P. Hoh will be considered alongside these poems.

Module 8: Approaches for Connecting the Texts Together and Constructing Arguments

A variety of activities focusing on different approaches students can use to form meaningful connections between the poems and related texts will be considered and tested in this module.

Course Materials

The cost of registration includes the following course materials:

  • The Poetry of W.H. Auden Student Book by Anthony Bosco

Participants will receive these materials by the course commencement date.

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Completing the Poetry of W.H. Auden Online Course will contribute 16 hours of NESA registered PD addressing Standard 2 and Standard 3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher accreditation in NSW.

Online Registration

To register for this course, please complete the online form below, or download the registration form to fax to us. 

Registrations close Friday 26th May, 2017. 


The Poetry of W.H. Auden Online Course Registration Form

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  • Your enrollment information will be sent to us once you click the ‘submit’ button.
  • A confirmation of registration email will be sent to you.
  • An invoice will be emailed to you or your accounts department.
  • In the week prior to the course commencement date, you will be sent an email inviting you to join the online learning environment for this course.

*Please note: payment of course fees is required before you are granted access to the online learning environment. To ensure online access by the course commencement date, please ensure that your invoice is paid by the due date.

** For multiple registrations from one school, please register each teacher separately using the above form

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