This MasterClass presents lessons for English Home Language; it addresses the fundamental skills required by both DBE Paper I and Paper II.
Natalie Sherman began her career in education by completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Psychology and Italian as majors, at Wits University. A further Honours Degree in Psychology followed, from the University of Johannesburg; in addition, as part of her training for a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, Natalie completed a Psychometrics internship at Tara Children’s Clinic. Prior to starting a Master’s Degree, she was also required to complete a teaching diploma, which she did at the University of Johannesburg; it was while she was on her Teaching Practical at Redhill High School (her alma mater) that the teaching bug bit and Psychology was abandoned.
Natalie has been teaching English at Redhill School for twenty-three years; she is passionate about her subject, her school and her three sons - currently in Grades 7, 10 and first year at UCT.
Digby Ricci completed his B.A. Honours at the University of the Witwatersrand and his M.A. at the University of Toronto. He went on to lecture at Wits University and at RAU (as the University of Johannesburg was known in the 1980s); later, he accepted a teaching position at King David High School, Linksfield, where he also acted as Head of the Department of English; before his current appointment at Redhill School, Digby was Head of the Department of English at Roedean (South Africa) for no fewer than seventeen years. In addition to his lecturing and teaching, Digby also edited an anthology of writing about Johannesburg, Reef of Time (Ad Donker:1986), and he co-authored, with Mrs Jennifer Addleson, a guide to correct language usage, Writing Wrongs (Academica: 1989). In partnership with Hilary Semple, he has co-edited two Bankside editions of Shakespeare texts (Romeo and Juliet and Othello). He is a popular guest lecturer on literature and cinema and presents Brush Up the Bard lectures on You Tube. Currently, Digby is employed at Redhill School, as a subject expert in English.