COD 2019 - S613

Hard Times: IGCSE 2019-2020

IGCSE Literature teachers

1 sessions, start: 24-Apr

Course detail

Year: 2019
Level: Secondary
Language: English
Status: Ended
Facilitator/s: Mr. Leonardo Andrés Pantaleo
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 800.00
Non affiliate
ARS 800.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 24 April 2019 05:30 pm 08:30 pm


Leonardo Andrés Pantaleo

Leonardo graduated from the University of La Plata as a Teacher of English Language and Literature. He is doing his MA degree in Literary Studies at UBA. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant in Contemporary English Literature for two years and one in English Culture and Civilization at UNLP. He has participated in several academic conferences. For the past fifteen years, he has taught ESL and FLE classes for IGCSE and AS/A English Language and Literature in English at Patris Bilingual School, City Bell, and he has prepared IB candidates at St. George's, Quilmes and at Southern International School. For the past three years, he has developed digital material for an online educational platform.
IGCSE Literature teachers
- To introduce the context of production.

- To provide IGCSE literature teachers with useful tools for the analysis of a XIXth century novel.

- To discuss possible ways of facilitating students' reading and interpretations of the text.

- To reflect upon the importance of historic and cultural awareness.
- Different types of names in the novel

- Women’s identity in female characters

- Industrial England and literature in Victorian cities

- Victorian dualism in the novel

- Utilitarianism: fact versus fancy

- Dicken’s overuse of simile and other literary resources

- Social classes in the novel and social commentary
- Presentation and discussion of how to deal with the novel's issues.
- Participants will be presented with material to arouse students' interest and to facilitate their understanding of the novel.
- Discussion of possible ways to enhance students’ production for IGCSE Literature examinations.
- IGCSE syllabus and material available on

- Berchaoua, Radja, Social Classes’ Differences in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times. Magister dissertation at the Faculty of Arts and Human Scienes, Kasdi Merbah University, 2014.

- Dickens, Charles, Hard Times. Penguin Popular Classics. London, 1994.

- Halima, Benzoukh, The Use of Simile in Charles Dickens’ novel Hard Times. Magister dissertation at the Faculty of Arts and Human Scienes, Kasdi Merbah University, 2006

- Hope Gordon, Elizabeth, The Naming of Characters in the Works of Charles Dickens. University of Nebraska, 1917.

- Koumakpai, Taofiki and Towa-Sello Kossi Joiny, Exploring Women’s Identity in Selected Charles Dickens’s Works: A re-visitation from a Contemporary African Perspective. International Journal on Studies in English Language and Literature (IJSELL). Volume 4, Issue 6, June 2016, p. 85-95.

- More, Octavian, The Bourgeois Between Fact and Fancy: Utilitarian Calculus and its Pitfalls in Hard Times. Studia UBB Philologia, LXIm 1, 2016, p. 51-68.
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