WITH the need to cope with the incoming senior high school to be introduced by the K to 12, Xavier University’s Department of English and Literature held a seminar dubbed Responding to the Challenges of the New Literature Curriculum: A Seminar in Teaching Literature and the Humanities at the university’s Little Theater last Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Prof. Catherine Caiña-Adajar, speaker for Painting Analysis, said the Art Appreciation will be taught in senior high school starting 2018.
The course aims to “provide students the opportunity to observe, participate in, or experience works of art in order to appreciate their role and purpose in life,” she said in her lecture.
In the subjects, students will be required to write about appreciation in art.
“In viewing films, students are supposed to be taught to recognize layers apart from what is superficial,” said Prof. Roger F. Garcia, speaker for Decoding Humadapnon Through Verses On Love, Desire, And Illusion In Alvin Yapan’s ‘Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.’
It had been a long time since English and Literature department organized its own regional seminar independently, said Ms. Christine Gumalal, master of ceremonies and head of the documentation team for the seminar.
“After so many years of not having hosted, then, finally, we have. And then [with] a very appropriate topic to fit the new curriculum (literature curriculum) that Ched (Commission on Higher Education) requires,” Gumalal said.
The four topics still fitted despite the program having to be cut because of the rotating brownout in the city.
“It (seminar) really ended good, considering the challenges of power shortage (in the city),” she added.
The seminar, she said, is also a requirement for the department for its accreditation toward becoming a Center of Development in Literature.
The department opened the seminar for the region where participants, English teachers and professors from as far as Camiguin and Surigao attended, totaling to 100 participants.
Other speakers in the seminar were XU English and Literature Department faculty members Prof. Hobart Savior on Arts and Theater Management in Language, and Dr. Ma. Elena Paulma, a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awardee, on The Teaching of Creative Nonfiction.