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ENGL1500 - Reading and Writing Contemporary Literature

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Prentice Building 42, Room 216

Saint Lucia, QLD 4067

Australia

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Judith Seaboyer has taught courses at UQ from the large first-year gateway through to advanced undergraduate and honours. Her research is in contemporary responses to classical and Renaissance pastoral and in encouraging students to read more and better.

Dr Seaboyer has developed an effective course design (including a flipped classroom), to improve the quality and quantity of student reading of complex and at times confrontational literary texts for this course.

Judith is a former winner of the UQ Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2016 she received a national award, the Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for developing sustainable, feedback-rich, technology-assisted assessment strategies that markedly increase pre-class reading, engagement & learning & foster pleasure in literary studies.

This course introduces students to examples of the best contemporary writing in English from a range of cultures. Genres covered include the novel, the graphic novel and poetry. The authors studied in this course include Simon Armitage, Alison Bechdel, J. M. Coetzee and Ruth Ozeki. In addition to providing a grounding in contemporary literature, the course focuses on critical reading and writing skills.

This first-year course attracts students majoring in literary studies as well as students seeking to enrich their programs in disciplines such as law, music, and the sciences. Enrolments are around 200. The course is (gently) flipped in that feedback-rich quizzes ensure students read primary and secondary materials before class. This means they come to lectures and tutorials ready for discussions and to read more critically. Surveys show student reading has increased exponentially since this teaching method was introduced two years ago.

Judith uses large-class engagement strategies so classes are more interactive. The one hour and twenty minutes is a mixture of lecture, discussion and student activities which allow students to assimilate what has been talked about and to explore new skills together. Students are very talkative in the lecture space, and will engage in small- and large-group discussion, which surprises tutors new to the course.


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Saint Lucia, QLD 4067

Australia

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