This MasterClass presents lessons for English Home Language; it addresses the fundamental skills required by both DBE Paper I and Paper II.
Natalie Sherman started on her path to a career in Education by completing a BA at Wits University, majoring in Psychology and Italian. She followed that with an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg and a Psychometrics internship at Tara Children’s Clinic on her path to getting her Master's in Educational Psychology. Prior to starting the Master’s Degree, she was required to do a teaching diploma, which she did through the University of Johannesburg, and while doing her teaching prac at Redhill High School (her alma mater), the teaching bug bit and psychology was abandoned.
Natalie has been teaching English at Redhill for 21 years and has three sons currently in Grade 5, 8 and 11. She is passionate about her subject, her school and her sons.
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.