City as Text
Concept Based Learning unit development for IB DP Language A
A two day workshop with the author of Language A for the IB Diploma: Concept Based Learning
*What do cities tell us about texts and vice versa?
*How can we read the city as a text?
*How do written texts and the cinematic tell different stories of a city and its people?
*How can we create meaningful conceptual units that combine content and skills?
*How can conceptual unit design allow us to include differentiation and extension?
Especially from the dawn of Modernity, writers and artists have been interested in the concept of the city. This workshop investigates different texts that make use of the city and the way the city can be a text itself. We draw on ideas from: the uncanny, the cinematic, the ghostly, Modernity, urbanity, urban culture, globalisation, and space’s relationship with personal and cultural identity. We look at ways you can use this concept in your classroom in analysis, creative writing, text discovery, and experiential learning.
During this weekend long workshop in Bratislava, we will investigate how to set up a conceptual unit within the framework of the new IBDP Language A course. The workshop is appropriate for the Literature or Language and Literature courses in any Language A, but the language of instruction will be English. I will draw on examples from a variety of text types, literary works, and cultures to prompt our discussion and activities. We will look at Dublin, Hong Kong, New York, Prague, and more cities and their texts through this lens. During the workshop, you will then form your own unit designed for your interests and the needs of your students. The workshop will be interactive and immersive with a lot of hands on activities and opportunities to use your creativity and critical thought while collaborating with colleagues. It will include a professionally guided literary tour of the city. There will be light pre-reading material and opportunities following the workshop for collaboration and feedback; a longer duration of this manner is proven to give your PD more impact.
Dates: March 28-29
Place: Crowne Plaza, Bratislava, Slovakia
Cost: 590 Euros (includes all workshop materials, a professional literary tour of Bratislava, snacks, and lunches as well as follow-up feedback and an official certificate upon completion)
Room & board: Crowne Plaza workshop deal for 95 euros/night, including a beautiful buffet breakfast, swimming pool, gym, etc.
Participants: maximum 20
Workshop leader: Dr. Kathleen Clare Waller of Conceptual Literature (
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Courses you teach (check all that apply; note that this course will help you make a unit for either IBDP Language A course but that you may adapt it):
IB DP Literature
IB DP Language and Literature
IB MYP Language and Literature
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
Your experience (check all that apply):
I am already teaching the new IB DP Language A course
I have taught the old IB DP Language A syllabus in the past
I have not taught the IB DP Language A class but plan to teach it in the future
I teach a different course to which I would like to apply this type of CBL unit planning
I have completed training in Concept Based Learning (CBL)
I use CBL to make unit planners (for any grade level or class)
I use CBL to design my daily lessons
I know little to nothing about CBL
Technology (check all that apply):
I can bring a laptop to the workshop (or tablet if you are comfortable using docs on it)
I have a Google account and am comfortable with basic Google docs + slides
I use a smartphone
I have used Padlet before
I have a Diigo account (not necessary to create one)
I have a Twitter account (not necessary to create one)
Your interest (check all that apply):
I am interested in the CITY as a conceptual focus area
I want to understand CBL unit design
I need help with my IB DP Language A course
I read your book on the course and want to understand how you design units/lessons
I want to work more on daily lessons as a part of CBL
I am interested in Bratislava
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