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This interactive English webinar focuses on key skills required to perform a close reading and contextual reading of literary texts. We will discuss how to do close readings of seen and unseen texts and what makes a good contextual reading. The webinar will include practical examples and tips and tricks for how to do close and contextual readings and how to utilise context to inform your reading of a text.

Date: Tuesday 7 June 2022, 4.30 – 5.30pm

Refine your critical reading skills which will benefit your writing across the different areas of the Year 11 and 12 English courses.

Reasons to attend:

  • Discover strategies on how to undertake a close reading of an unseen text.
  • Learn how to utilise context to enhance your understanding and reading of a text.
  • Reference will be made to past HSC questions as well as new unseen texts.
  • Receive a handout which includes an overview of the course and further reading recommendations.
  • Opportunity to participate in an interactive activity and ask questions in the Live Q&A.
  • It is free!

Suitable for: Year 11 and Year 12 students taking English Standard, Advanced or Extension course.

About the presenter:

Dr Isabelle Hesse

Dr Isabelle Hesse is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sydney.

Dr Hesse researches and teaches modern and contemporary world literatures. Her work focuses on postcolonial, Jewish, and Middle Eastern studies, and she has widely published in these areas and their intersections, including on the cultural and political connections between Europe and the Middle East. She is also interested in Postcolonial writing and theory, Israeli and Palestinian literature and film, and the cultural memory of the Holocaust and colonialism in Europe.

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Additional Details

  • Education Program Type:After School, Online/Streamed
  • Suitable Stages:Stage 6 (Year 11 & 12)
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