Teaching English in Swaziland: Essays on the Life of Gordon James Thomas

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Author House, Dec 14, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 92 pages
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The book, Teaching English in Swaziland: The Life and Days of Gordon Thomas is about Gordon the teacher and mentor.His life at Manzini Nazarene is one that all his students remember as filled with great moments of teaching and learning. In this book his ideas on teaching are written about in a semi-fictional manner that enables readers to think about their own teaching.The dedication he brought to the teaching task has been analyzed to bring out how he taught composition, poetry, drama and the novel. His students in the class of ‘75 called him “Chaucer.” We thank York University and the Church of the Nazarene for making it possible for such a great teacher and thinker to “sow” into our lives. His students have grown to be professors, ministers, ambassadors and many other important careers that are serving the nation of Swaziland in wonderful ways. The life of a Christian teacher is something that can never be replaced in the lives of students. Gordon will be remembered in all the countries around the world where he worked for all that he gave.Gordon Thomas died of melanoma cancer in 2006.

 

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Contents

A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE INTRODUCTION
1
TEACHING COMPOSITION
13
STUDENTTEACHER CONTRACT AND THE LITERATURE BOOK
21
THE GORDON THOMAS METHOD
33
CHAUCER IN THE CLASSROOM
47
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE EXAMINATION
57
POETRY IN HONOR OF GORDON JAMES THOMAS
61
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About the author (2011)

Sarah Mkhonza is a writer activist and Professor of English. She has taught English Language and Writing at the University of Swaziland, Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame), Michigan State University and she is now a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University. She has published two novels and many short stories, poems and plays in both English and SiSwati, the language of Swaziland. Her novel, Pains of a Maid won the MacMillan Pacesetter Boleswa Award. She was a writer in residence in Ithaca for the years 2006 to 2008. Most of her writing explores life in Swaziland. In this book she is writing on the teaching method of Gordon James Thomas who taught in Swaziland at Manzini Nazarene High School.

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