Literature teachers exposed to writing TV scripts
A three-day Basic Educational Television (TV) scriptwriting workshop for secondary school teachers who teach literature (English B) at the Caribbean Secondary School Certificate (CSEC) level, hosted by the Multimedia unit of the National Center for Education. National Resource Development (NCERD) which is responsible for the Guyana Learning Channel, recently concluded with various participants receiving certificates.
The workshop, attended by 18 teachers from across the region, was the second of its kind aimed at strengthening the learning channel’s TV programming needs for the benefit of students who are about to take their CSEC exams. The previous NCERD workshop focused on science, while this recent effort was all about literature.
Participants were asked to bring a lesson plan of their choice from a literature or history book, and were guided through the transformation of the lesson into an educational television script for production by the learning chain. During the three-day session, participants participated in working groups, discussions and presentations on academic scriptwriting. Emphasis has also been placed on transforming the curriculum and lesson plans of units in the fields into television programs that will help students prepare for the CBSC exams.
A more innovative and interesting learning environment in the classroom is expected to be achieved after the production of the script is completed, as the program CDs will be made available to teachers for integration into their school curriculum.
Addressing attendees, Learning Chain Director Roopnarine Tewari said teachers are the pioneers who will feed the learning chain with scripts.
Meanwhile, event coordinator Dr Seeta TS Roath said that “the workshop took into consideration the needs and characteristics of our audience, their preferences, likes, dislikes, limitations, etc. . ” These characteristics were discovered after a recent survey conducted by NCERD revealed the need for more literature programs targeting CSEC students. She also described the event as “a collaborative relationship with our production team that will continue in the production of the programs that will be broadcast in the ten regions of Guyana and beyond our borders”.
“The challenge of using the local resources available in the classroom was well accepted in response to the cry of many who complained of a serious shortage,” said one of the facilitators, Shaundell Phillips, of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School.
The Learning Channel is the only TV channel in Guyana that caters to the needs of children solely by offering various educational programs throughout its airtime.