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Zoƫ Brigley: Teaching

My experience of teaching at the University of Warwick splits into two strands: ‘Creative Writing’ and ‘Literature’. I have also included details of my ‘Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning’ and my experience of ‘E-learning’. Creative Writing: I have taught on a number of undergraduate modules for the Warwick Writing Programme. For three years, I have taught on the module for second and third years entitled, ‘The Practice of Poetry’. On this course, in addition to providing group feedback and discussion of creative work, I covered topics such as: translation and imitation, Imagism, Surrealism, poetry and dreams, Confessionalism, political poetry, poetry and silence, Objectivism, and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry. I also gave one-to-one criticism sessions to complement this module. On the first year undergraduate module, ‘Modes of Writing’, I taught the journalism/non-fiction aspect of the course for two years. This module studied texts such as the literary article and considered the effects of rhetoric and persuasive writing. For two years, I have been a creative writing tutor at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) running workshops for younger students aged between fourteen and sixteen. Literature: I have also completed teaching for the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. I taught on ‘Poetry and Society: Romantic and Victorian Poetics’, a course for second year undergraduates which instructed students on how to develop awareness of a poem’s social, political and cultural milieu, while also paying attention to the effect of its form and organisation. In addition, I am lecturing this year on ‘Literary hybridity in the British Isles’ for the undergraduate course, ‘Literature in the Modern World’. I have also taught academic writing in the department for nearly five years.Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning: I am in the process of completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning at the University of Warwick’s Centre for Academic Practice. This has included or will include:
  • observation of postgraduate and undergraduate teaching (creative writing);
  • being observed teaching by other members of staff;
  • participation in workshops (on small and large group practice and on evaluation of teaching practice) with experts in the field of education;
  • evaluation of how best to give feedback on students’ work (summative and formative) and how to encourage students to provide feedback on seminars;
  • comparing different learning events;
  • and writing a critical overview of my teaching.
E-learning: This is a growing area at the University of Warwick and one way that it has manifested itself in my teaching has been in my use of a ‘Teaching Blog’ which can be viewed at this link: I gave a paper at a E-learning symposium at the University of Warwick. (21st July 2006) on ‘Blogs for Educational and Research Purposes’.