Literally Speaking: What Should We Teach?

What role does literature play in Singapore society? What literary texts might we usefully study and read? What questions do they help us ask about ourselves and the social world in which we live? In this series of discussions, The Select Centre brings together educators who work in different settings and in different languages to explore aspects of literature they have found central to teaching and learning. In doing so, we will debate the ongoing importance of literature and the literary in Singapore’s changing society.

Join us at our three panels as we mull over Why Study Literature? (March 15), What Are The Boundaries? (April 14), and What Should We Teach (May 12). The sessions will be moderated by Philip Holden.

Literally Speaking is organised by The Select Centre, in collaboration with Philip Holden.

Admission is free! Donations at the door are welcome. Select is a nonprofit. Please support us and our programmes!


How should the teaching of literature reflect a rapidly changing society? Should we return to apparently “difficult” authors who we have abandoned, and discover new facets for their work? Or should we aim to disrupt institutionalised norms, and promote empathy or respect for others? Our panelists will consider these and other questions.

From L-R: Philip Holden, Angus Whitehead, Angelia Poon, Vasugi Kailasam

The speakers and their topics are:

Angus Whitehead - Global Writer, Global literacy: A plea for a reintroduction of Shakespeare to all ‘good’ Singapore secondary schools

Angelia Poon - Literature for a Cosmopolitan and/or National Subject

Vasugi Kailasam - Teaching Literature, Cultivating Empathy

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Thu May 12, 2016
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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