COD 2023 - D850

Webinar - "These who die as cattle": The destruction of Man in Sherriff's Journey's End (Set text for IGCSE Literature 2023)

IGCSE Literature teachers and Literature lovers seeking to revisit a classic by R.C Sherriff’s from an innovative perspective

1 sessions, start: 23-May

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Year: 2023
Level: Distance
Language: English
Status: Ended
Lugar: Distance
Facilitator/s: Ms. Julia Fernández Armendariz, Mrs. Maria Victoria Llera
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Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 23 May 2023 05:30 pm 07:00 pm


Julia Fernández Armendariz

Julia Fernández Armendariz graduated as an English teacher from IES en Lenguas Vivas Juan R. Fernández, where she also completed specialisation courses in English Literature and British History. She holds a BA in Education from Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and a Postgraduate Certificate in English Studies from The University of Nottingham, England. Her areas of specialty include Postcolonial Studies, Border Theory and Historical Fiction. She teaches Literature II and Cultural Studies at IES en Lenguas Vivas "Juan R. Fernández", and English Literature and Culture at ENS en Lenguas Vivas "Sofia B. Spangenberg". She also works at Secondary school level.

Maria Victoria Llera

Victoria Llera is a Graduate Teacher of English from I. E. S en Lenguas Vivas "J. R. Fernández" and holds a BA in English Language from the University of San Martín. She is currently specializing in English Literature II and Literary Movements of the Twentieth Century at the I.E.S.L.V. “Juan Ramón Fernández” while teaching IGCSE/AS at Colegio Jesus Maria, Recoleta. She has taught IB Language B and has been working at the University of Buenos Aires, School of Philosophy and Letters, teaching language and delivering courses on Postcolonial Literature for the last six years.
IGCSE Literature teachers and Literature lovers seeking to revisit a classic by R.C Sherriff’s from an innovative perspective
- To explore Sherriff’s Journey’s End, by considering the context of production and what characterisation may be reflecting about the effects World War I on these soldiers as a reflection of society.
- To discuss main themes as well as rhetorical and theatrical devices that further meaning in the literary work.
- To look into key passages through detailed readings to study how Sherriff builds up tension and/or foreshadow events.
- To share teaching strategies regarding the approach to IGCSE paper 3 essay or passage-based questions.
- Presentation of the historical and social context of World War I, considering how these world events inevitably affect and reflect human relationships.
- Introduction to the historical fiction as the choice of genre to expose the concerns of the time.
- Discussion of the main themes of identity, friendship/allies and enemies, uncertainty, fear and the futility of war.
- Analysis of revealing extracts with a focus on how Sherriff constructs meaning through language and key symbols.
- Presentation of the historical and social context abovementioned.
- Study of key extracts and strategies to approach a passage-based question.
- Discussion of the main themes, symbols and overall concerns of the literary work.
- A revision of possible general questions to shape students’ answers when attempting to address questions without an extract.
- Chevalier, Jean and Alain Gheerbrant. Dictionary of Symbols. London: Penguin Books, 1996.
- Sherriff, RC. Journey’s End. New York: Pearson, 1993.
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