COD 2024 - G1076

Face to face - "Make literature happen"

Teachers in general

1 sessions, start: 23-Feb

Course detail

Year: 2024
Level: General
Language: English
Status: Ended
Lugar: ESSARP - Deheza 3139, CABA
Facilitator/s: Claudia Ferradas PhD, Ms. Flavia Daniela Pittella, Mag. Griselda Beacon MA
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 11000.00
Non affiliate
ARS 11000.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 23 February 2024 09:00 am 12:30 pm


Claudia Ferradas

Dr. Claudia Ferradas is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she got her first degree as a teacher of English at the Instituto de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”. She holds an MA in Education and Professional Development from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in English Studies from the University of Nottingham, UK. She is an experienced presenter and ELT author who travels the world as a teacher educator. She often works as a consultant for the British Council and Trinity College London. She is also a presenter for Oxford University Press and is an Oxford Teachers’ Academy Trainer.
In Argentina, she has taught language and literature at the Instituto de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”, Buenos Aires, where she was also “Regente del nivel superior”. She teaches on the MA programme in Literatures in English at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza. She coordinates the literature and cultural programmes at ESSARP.
In the UK, Claudia has been a Visiting Fellow and research supervisor at the School of Languages, Leeds Metropolitan University, and is now a member of the NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education) Advisory Board and the Extensive Reading Foundation committee.
Claudia has co-chaired the Oxford Conference on the Teaching of Literature on five occasions and has also worked as Project Manager for the Penguin Active Readers Teacher Support Programme. She has also taught on the MA programme in TEFL at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
She is a member of the editorial committee of several journals: AJAL (Argentine Journal of Applied Linguistics); Revista Interdisciplinar de Formación Docente Kimün (Instituto de Formación Docente Continua, San Luis, Argentina); Conexión, Revista de Investigaciones y Propuestas Educativas (Instituto de Educación Superior N° 28 “Olga Cossettini”, Rosario, Argentina) and CLELE Journal (Children’s Literature in English Language Education).

Flavia Daniela Pittella

Ms. Flavia Pittella graduated from the University of La Plata as a Teacher of English Language and Literature. She is also Lic. in Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO, with special mention in Reading, Writing and Education. She has participated in international academic conferences and has published articles in different magazines. She holds several Postgraduate courses in literature and language teaching. For the past 20 years, she has taught ESL classrooms and ESL examinations for the IGCSE/AS Language and Literature. She has been a Reading group facilitator for over nine years. She is a cultural journalist at Radio Mitre and several other media. She has published "40 libros que adoro y no podes dejar de leer". Planeta, 2014. She writes regularly for Infobae Cultura. She is the director of “El tercer lugar: espacio cultural”.

Griselda Beacon

Griselda Beacon is a teacher educator and specializes in literature & art in ELT. Her interests include literature, young learners, CLIL, creativity and critical interculturality. Passionate about art in education, Griselda carries out projects with literature, storytelling, drama, visual arts and creative writing to foster self-expression and creativity in diverse and inclusive English language classrooms. She holds an MA in Literature and Foreign Language Teaching from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, and has been working in the field of teacher education and Primary curriculum development for over 20 years. She has been sharing her experience as an in-service teacher trainer and curriculum developer in Latin America, Europe, Africa & Asia. She is a co-author of Together (Oxford UP, 2018), an English coursebook series tailor-made for Argentina and co-editor of the book International Perspectives on Diversity in ELT (Palgrave, 2021). Griselda has taught Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Creativity, Drama Techniques in the English Class and Play, Music, Dance & Literature in Pre-Primary Education at Teacher Training Colleges in Buenos Aires. She regularly works as a consultant for educational institutions, such as language schools (NILE - Norwich Institute for Language Education) in the UK, ELT publishers (Oxford University Press) & libraries. At present, she lectures in American Literature at Universidad de Buenos Aires –UBA. In her spare time, Griselda loves dancing, getting lost in bookstores and taking drama classes.
Teachers in general
Literature in the age of screens
By Claudia Ferradas
Time: 9.15 a.m. to 10.15 a.m.
What is the place of literature in a world where culture and entertainment are dominated by streaming, social media and artificial intelligence? Is it an outdated form? Have we no time for reading for pleasure? And if we believe in the value of literature, how can we make it relevant to our students?
This session opens questions for debate which are related to our role as educators and adult readers. Although we may find no definitive answers, thinking together can provide support and open new roads for experimentation. With this context and these aims in mind, we'll explore contemporary texts which can potentially offer opportunities to encourage reading as well as open reflection on contemporary issues.

"We are ruined by the thing we kill": literature through an ecocritical lens
By Flavia Pittella
Time: 10.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Taking as a line of thought Judith Wright's line of her poem "1970", we'll embark on a journey through both classic and contemporary literature in order to find relationships between literature and place as revealed through the American nature writing tradition and in the work of international writers, in differing conceptual and cultural perspectives. As we do so, we will try to develop a keener understanding of the varied connection between literature and place, a more complex understanding of the places we inhabit, and a more robust ethical relationship to these locations. Our own reading and awareness of these key factors may enrich our literature classrooms and help raise awareness of urgent issues that can be discussed deeply and beautifully through the magic of poetic and fictional language.

Embracing Pedagogies of Creativity and Inclusion to Ignite Reading in our Primary Literature Classes
By Griselda Beacon
Time: 11.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
In this plenary, we will explore creative ways to approach the literary texts and the reading experience in the classroom. We will delve around questions related to what texts to choose with young learners, how to go about reading aloud and storytelling and how to spice up the tasks we carry out in class. We will show examples of teaching sequences and creative techniques which foster learners' curiosity and interest.
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