History and Literature: Key to Passing the Let

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The University with the help of the Institute aims to produce globally competent teachers who are expected to bear its name with pride and from whom it can benefit through academic researches and innovations.

This is the reason why strategies and techniques to increase the rate of LET passers are being planned and executed from time to time. Rigid and substantive general, major and professional education courses are formulated in order to attain this goal. Students who pass the required minimum grade and those who pass the battery examinations are the only ones to be retained in the Institution to ensure quality graduates.

Passing the LET and becoming a competent education graduate require a great deal of at least everything. It is known to many that teachers are jacks-of-all-trades and basic knowledge of mathematics, science, politics and current events is a determiner to becoming a teacher. Also, these determiners are not worth mentioning without emphasizing the importance of history and literature.

Teachers and future teachers are expected to have enough, if not wide, perception, grasp and understanding of literature since literature is a part of a teacher’s daily life. Literature can be used for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training” a child, as said by Saul of Tarsus in his second letter to Timothy (3.16).

Literature “fills a much-needed gap” for teachers, according to the twentieth century educator and author of The Greek Drama, Moses Hadas. These gaps which Moses refers to are gray areas that teachers should have much idea about: moral dilemma, relationship issues, attitudinal issues, etc. But since literature makes “a thousand persons in an individual (C.S. Lewis), it fills the gaps for teachers to have enough to say in their authentic lessons.

Teachers and future teachers, aside from being authentic educators, are also expected to have something to say about history. Teaching learners to learn from the mistakes of history is what...
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