EMC CPD Online: Cultural Conversations 1 – Going on an Odyssey in KS3

In this first in a planned series of sessions on the topic of cultural conversations, Barbara Bleiman will briefly introduce this idea as a way of organising the KS3 curriculum, before moving on to offer a worked-up, practical example of a unit on teaching Homer. She will offer a taste of the unit, with activities and discussion in chat. The course will include:

  • An introduction to the idea of cultural conversations, as an alternative to notions of cultural capital
  • The underlying thinking and principles behind the materials to be shared on Homer’s ‘Odyssey’
  • A taste of the materials, to try out and reflect on the approaches
  • A chance to ask questions.

Further details

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be audible or visible.


  • If relevant, course materials will be sent the day before the course in the email with your joining instructions. Please either print these out or have them available on screen during the session.
  • After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation.
  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

Course tutor

Barbara Bleiman is a consultant at EMC, co-editor of emagazine and the author of What Matters in English Teaching. She writes blogs and articles about education, has written or co-written many EMC publications for the classroom, including resources on poetry, novels and language study. She takes the lead on EMC’s project on group work, ‘It’s Good to Talk’. In 2019 she was awarded the NATE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of English. Barbara is also the author of two novels. Her collection of short stories, Kremlinology of Kisses, has just been published by Blue Door Press.

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 26th February, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

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  • This course must be booked and paid for online. Payment by invoice is not available for this session. Please note: your fee is non-refundable

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