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English Literature Summer Course in Oxford Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also in Cambridge

Part of the NEW PERSPECTIVES Programme


Study English Literature with our Oxford Summer School 2020. Students on this English Literature course will spend their time grappling with some of the most famous works in the English language, coming to terms with the basics of literary criticism and developing an understanding of how to examine and dissect the many facets of literature.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring English Literature course taught by experts.
  • 17 exciting classes to choose from - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities at ORA in 2019

Course Summary

Students on this English Literature course will spend their time grappling with some of the most famous works in the English language. They will learn the basics of literary criticism and develop an understanding of how to examine and dissect literature, helping them to identify and understand sub-text, imagery and metaphor. Looking at structure, themes, motifs and symbols within texts, students will gain an appreciation of the variation between different forms of literature. The course will span some 400 years of history, review giants of literature such as Shakespeare, Austen and Orwell, and explore genres such as poetry, Gothic literature and contemporary works.

As part of this course, students will have the chance to contribute their own ideas and interpretations as part of group discussions, thus building valuable communication skills that will stand them in good stead at school, university and beyond. In addition to debate, students will learn in a variety of other ways, including lectures, readings, interactive drama activities, textual analysis and written tasks. They will also be introduced to the art of writing an English literature essay, which will help them develop skills that will be invaluable for any humanities subjects they pursue in the future.

What will you get out of the English Literature Summer Course?

The English Literature course is an excellent opportunity for students to gauge whether English Literature is a subject they would like to pursue further at GCSE or A-level (or equivalent), as well as providing a good grounding for further study. Students will also be able to use what they learn on the course to get more out of their everyday reading, as well as picking up transferable skills – such as analytical and research skills – that they can apply to any academic discipline.

Learn more about the aims and objectives of Oxford Royale Academy's English courses

The New Perspectives Programme

This subject is part of the New Perspectives course at Oxford Royale's Oxford summer school.

The New Perspectives summer course, for students aged 13 to 15, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 17+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying New Perspectives in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Click here to apply for the New Perspectives Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

No prior knowledge of English literature or literary criticism is expected for this course, but students are expected to be keen readers with a strong grasp of the English language.

Choose your options and apply for New Perspectives in Oxford

The New Perspectives programme - our flagship Oxford summer course for 13-15s - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main New Perspectives Programme page

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