For those who have yet to be informed about this by your respective Head of Panel.
To teachers who will be teaching Forms 1 and 4 in 2010, we will get a new set of literature component in English Language for Form 1 and Form 4.
Say bye-bye to Life's Brief Candle, The Dead Crow, The Pencil, Bally Shoes, etc.
Say ta-ta to The Road Not Taken, Monsoon History, The Necklace, Drover's Wife, etc.
Say sayonara to The Pearl, Jungle of Hope or The Return.
They'll be replaced with a new set of poems, short stories, novel and.. [surprise, surprise] drama.
We'll have to teach drama for literature as a part of the English Language syllabus.
Now aren't we lucky that we've studied drama for a semester? [hahaha... I can see some of you groaning]
I managed to skim through the new literature textbook for both forms. All I can say for now is that most of the new texts will pose a challenge to us. Don't know about those in other states but we're yet to be called for courses regarding this new change.
And no, still no idea which part is for Form 1, 2 or 3.
Here's the whole list:
English Literature Component Form 1 to 3
• I Wonder by Jeannie Kirby
• The River by Valerie Bloom
• Mr. Nobody
• Heir Conditioning by M. SHANmughaligam
• A Fighter’s Lines by Marzuki Ali
• Leisure by William Henry Davies
• Flipp...ing Fantastic by Jane Langford
• One Is One and All Alone by Nicholas Fisk
English Literature Component Form 4 and 5
• In The Midst of Hardship by Latiff Mohidin
• He Had Such Quiet Eyes by Bibsy Soenharjo
• Nature by H.D. Carberry
• Are You Still Playing Your Flute by Zurinah Hassan
• QWERTYUIOP by Vi...vien Alcock
• The Fruitcake Special by Frank Brennan
• Gulp and Gasp by John Townsend
I'm familiar with 3 of the lower forms poems and am still wondering how in the world I'm going to teach them [can already imagine hearing the students saying "Mr.Nobody!" when asked about who had made the mess in class.. urghhh]
For those in Penang, I was told by my SPBT teacher that we'll be studying Black Beauty [I groaned and am still groaning coz I've already read that book]
Meanwhile, if you have any information regarding this new change, do leave some comments here, k.
Bye for now. Happy holidays :)