Teacher Workshop - Talbot Hotel, Wexford - March 7th 2020

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€50.00 EUR

Cracking the Comparative Teacher Workshop


Talbot Hotel
Wexford, Co Wexford,
Saturday March 7th 2020


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:

9.00am-9.30am Registration

  • Choosing and combining comparative texts.
    Choosing texts for your class group. 
  • What to choose? What to avoid?
  • Looking at the 2020/2021 lists of prescribed texts.
  • Teaching the comparative texts with a mode-based approach
    Focusing on the modes while covering texts.
  • 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 Workshop Resumes

  • 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.
  • 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

  12.30 Q&A

    Teacher participation is encouraged and welcomed, but there is no group work 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 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 Wexford, Talbot Hotel Wexford, March 7th 2020
    County Laois, Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise, March 21st 2020

    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@scenebyscene.ie

    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.