- To explore instrumental reading and its formative value.
- To propose a context-based and a literary linguistic approach to the reading of texts.
- To look for and build strategies to raise teachers and students’ awareness of specific cultures, their representation systems and their worlds of meaning.
- To prepare materials that meet IGCSE Literature core objectives.
no. 2 Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’
no. 7 Stephen Crane, ‘The Open Boat’
no. 8 Edith Wharton, ‘The Moving Finger’
no. 18 Ray Bradbury, ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’
no. 23 Alex La Guma, ‘The Lemon Orchard’
no. 32 Bernard MacLaverty, ‘Secrets’
no. 33 John McGahern, ‘The Stoat’
no. 36 Patricia Grace, ‘Journey’
no. 37 Janet Frame, ‘The Bath’
no. 48 Tim Winton, ‘On Her Knees’
A literary-linguistic analysis of texts combining genetic, mimetic, intertextual and pragmatic approaches, actively working on:
- Authors and their context of production.
- Central themes (the present and the past; displacement and dislocation; entrapment and isolation; the purposelessness of life; the plight of life/death) and thematic threads (the motif of ‘home’ as resignifiying individual/collective identity) cutting across set stories.
- Symbols and motifs.
- Diction, imagery and rhetoric.
- Activities which meet IGCSE requirements.
1) Presentation and discussion of how to approach IGCSE set texts.
2) Exploration of each story’s background and their context of production
3) Literary linguistic analyses of set texts
4) Reading of key extracts in the short stories and reflection on how they mean
5) Critical analysis of IGCSE papers (passage for comment, literary essay and the unseen text.
1) ASHCROFT, GRIFFITHS, TIFFIN (1989) The Empire Writes Back, London: Routledge.
2) ASHCROFT, GRIFFITHS, TIFFIN (1995) The Post- Colonial Reader, London: Routledge.
3) BOEHMER, E. (1995) Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
4) GRADDOL, D. (1997) The Future of English?, London: The British Council.
5) JENKINS, C (ed.) (2009) Stories of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Short Stories in English, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.