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.