Title: Understanding Pain by Working It Out: Teaching Literature Interactively to Build Resilience
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Amy Wai Sum Lee, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong
Young people have to face a range of different kinds of stress in their journey of physical and emotional growth. Before the pandemic, educators and other stakeholders have already put in place a lot of measures in the educational experience to help young people understand and face these challenges. As the global world has been struggling with the challenges posed by covid-19 in the past two years and many "normal" practices have to make way or change their mode of operation, we are even more aware of the substantial stress that young people are facing. In many ways, the content and proposal of this presentation is not new, but in view of the sharpened challenges young people are facing, and also the very changed mode of communication used in education, the presenter would like to propose something more specifically relevant to our time and our way of life. Literature, often seen as an elite subject for those who have the gift (at least in a place such as Hong Kong), can be taught in an interactive, and "practical" way to be the tool for understanding our emotional responses to the external environment. Moreover, by learning it in an interactive way, learners can find mutual support among themselves during the process. This presentation is a sharing of some examples of how world literature at the undergraduate level can be taught in an interactive way to facilitate emotional and self-understanding by the learners through carefully designed in-class and post-class activities. The setting is university student teaching and learning in Hong Kong, using hybrid/blended learning.
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