The Literature e-Symposium 2020 is the sixth symposium organised by the English Language and Literature Branch (ELLB), Curriculum Planning and Development Division 2. This event provides an avenue for Literature teachers to strengthen their content mastery, and also equips them with a greater range of pedagogical approaches and strategies for delivering the Literature in English curriculum in secondary schools.

The theme of the Literature e-Symposium is Embracing Ambiguities – Is it a Hat? Is it an Elephant? In order for learners to make meaning of texts, they need to appreciate the ambiguities inherent in texts. Teachers need to create opportunities in the Literature classroom for students to consider these uncertainties and ambiguities with an open mind.

The keynote speaker, Professor Sheridan Blau, is Professor of Practice in the Teaching of English and the former Director (2010-2016) of the Programme in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a teacher-educator who has more than 40 years of experience, he has a wealth of knowledge in Literature education. His keynote address will focus on developing disciplined literacy – an autonomous and critical literacy that enables students to become producers of literary interpretations. Professor Blau will also touch on his experiences in designing authentic learning experiences, in particular his strategies and approaches in developing a “tolerance for ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty” in students as they read, reflect and respond to literary texts.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the theme of the Symposium by choosing from a range of workshops conducted by leading academics and writers, as well as hear presentations from fellow practitioners who have implemented best practices in the enactment of the 2019 Literature in English Syllabus.

This e-Symposium aims to continue to inspire Literature educators as they nurture ‘Empathetic and Global Thinkers, Critical Readers, Creative Meaning-makers and Convincing Communicators’ in their classrooms.