Teacher Workshop - Charleville, Co. Cork - September 29th 2018

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€50.00 EUR

Cracking the Comparative Teacher Workshop

Charleville Park Hotel, County Cork
29th September 2018


Many teachers, whether newly qualified, or experienced, find that the Comparative Study is a very demanding, challenging area of the course. With this in mind, I have devised my workshops to offer practical advice for teaching this topic.

My Scene by Scene Teacher Workshops help teachers to teach the Comparative Study in a focused, structured way, that leads to exam preparation, rather then being governed by it.

My focus is on practical suggestions for classroom teaching to help prepare students for the exam and encourage students to cope with the challenge of this difficult question.

This presentation is ideal for new teachers and established teachers looking for new ideas to apply to their teaching.

What does the workshop involve?

The workshop follows an informal talk format, with myself, Amy Farrell, where I discuss the following topics answer questions attending teachers may have:

9.00 am Registration

  • 30 Choosing and combining comparative texts.
    Choosing texts for your class group. 
  • What to choose? What to avoid?
  • Looking at the 2020 list of prescribed texts.
  • 50 Teaching the comparative texts with a mode-based approach
    Focusing on the modes while covering texts.
  • 20 Making meaningful notes and approaching longer answers.
    Using graphic organisers, diagrams and charts to create student notes. 

10.45 am Tea/Coffee Break.

11.15 Introducing the comparative modes 

  • What does each mode cover?
  • Helping students understand the modes – using film/song to introduce comparative modes.
  • What are comparative skills? How to make meaningful comparisons and connections between texts.

12.00 Tackling exam questions. 

  • What to focus on in exam answers?
  • Planning and preparing long answers in class. 
  • Looking at the English Chief Examiner’s Report 2013 
  • 30 Q&A

Teacher participation is encouraged and welcomed, but there is no groupwork component to the workshop, it follows a presented talk format. The workshop does not cover the marking of Leaving Certificate exam questions.

Support Materials

All attendees will receive a copy of my 75 page ‘Cracking the Comparative’ Teacher Workshop book, covering the workshop’s content and including worksheets, sample answers and graphic organisers.

Our Scene by Scene bookshop will be open on the day, with Scene by Scene resources and prescribed texts available at special discounted prices.


Scene by Scene Teacher workshops may be considered for CPD/Croke Park hours at the discretion of the school principal/management. Attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance on the day of the event.

Workshop Dates

County Cork, Charleville Park Hotel, September 29th 2018
County Galway, Ardilaun Hotel, October 6th 2018
County Sligo, Southern Hotel, October 20th 2018
County Wicklow, Glenview Hotel, November 10th 2018
County Roscommon, Hodson Bay Hotel, November 17th 2018
County Dublin, University College Dublin, November 24th 2018
County Meath, Newgrange Hotel, March 9th 2019

Cancellations Policy - In the event that a course or event is cancelled for any reason, participants will be notified prior to the commencement of the course and a full refund will be issued.

All cancellation requests should be made by contacting us at info@scenebysceneguides.com

The following conditions apply to workshop cancellations:

  • 100% return of fee if sufficient notice from the participant (i.e. not less than 15 working days.)
  • 50% return of fee if the participant notifies us 10 working days prior to the commencement of the course.
  • No refund if the participant does not notify us at least 7 working days prior to the commencement of the event.