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Pre-Texts: Creative Skills Workshop by Harvard Professor Doris Sommer

Posted: 5 April, 2018

Pre-texts ‘training for trainers’ course takes place in DIT Grangegorman on 29-31 May 2018 as part of ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman’s public art programme.

Would you like to learn a new creative teaching and learning approach more suitable for working with groups? Harvard Professor Doris Sommer has developed Pre-texts to make learning more challenging and fun.

Pre-Texts was developed by Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents, NGO, an organisation started at Harvard University. Sommer’s academic and outreach work promotes development through arts and humanities in Boston Public Schools, throughout Latin America and beyond.

What is Pre-Texts?

Pre-texts is a technique to make learning more challenging and fun. It encourages learners to read more by treating reading as a creative activity. This is an educational initiative involving educators, artists and community organisers. It is suitable for all ages. It can be adjusted and applied to all levels of formal and informal educational or community contexts.

Who is the training for?

This ‘train the trainer’ programme is aimed at both paid and volunteer teachers, trainers, youth workers, artists, educators and others working in learning environments with children, young people or adults in Dublin’s Inner City. Pre-Texts is an innovative teaching technique that addresses the needs of those with a lower level of literacy skills.

When is it?

Stage 1 of the training course takes place over 2.5 days from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st May 2018 (9 am to 5 pm on Tues and Wed, 9 am to 1 pm on Thurs). As part of the Pre-Texts training, participants will make personalised plans for implementing in their groups.

Stage 2 takes place between September and December 2018 and includes peer support by a facilitator “weaver”.

Where is it?

Stage 1 training takes place in Rathdown House at DIT Grangegorman Campus, Dublin 7 which is fully accessible. The nearest Luas stop is the Grangegorman Stop on the Green Line, followed by a short walk and the campus is also serviced by Dublin Bikes at our main entrance.

Further information and costs

This programme is free to participants and some bursaries may be available to support participation. Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided throughout the workshop. To receive more information and an application form, please email

The closing date for applications is midday Tuesday 24th April 2018, so please apply soon as places on the course are limited to 20 participants.