English Literature Summer Programme Overview:
Programme: English Literature
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course Type: Residential
Locations: Cambridge University colleges
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Cambridge English Literature Summer School Summary
The Immerse English Literature summer school programme asks participants to carefully consider what makes great works of writing stand out from the rest. After all, for every Shakespeare, Milton, and J.K. Rowling of the world, there are countless others closely following their writing, carefully interpreting it, and analysing why it works. Participants on this summer programme can learn to do the same by spending two weeks in the historic city of Cambridge, reading, writing and discussing some of the greatest English literary works.
This English literature summer school course is designed to help young literature fans, ages 16-18, learn how texts are analysed at university-level and beyond. The skills taught during the programme will facilitate participants to understand difficult works and interpret them accurately, before deciding how best to explain their interpretation in their own writing.
The English literature summer school programme offers an inspiring opportunity for young readers to discover new works, gain alternative perspectives of previously-seen material, and develop a greater appreciation for English-language literature as a whole. Throughout the programme, participants will build a powerful toolset of techniques, often used by contemporary literary critics, that will serve them both in their undergraduate studies and future careers.
Immerse is an inspirational academic English literature summer school programme for the intellectually curious.
English Literature Summer School Key Benefits
Study advanced material in one of the world’s most competitive fields
Read and discuss everything from classical prose to contemporary verse
Learn specific techniques necessary to competently analyse and interpret literary works
Dive into the work and life of John Milton, a colossus of English Literature
Understand the underlying historical context, trends, and movements that have defined literature
Develop personal writing, building strong editing and analytical skills
English Literature Topics Covered
The Immerse English Literature summer school programme in Cambridge will equip participants with a wide range of techniques, ideas, and concepts used in modern literary criticism. Each lesson has been carefully planned by expert tutors from the world’s leading universities to build on existing knowledge of English Literature, providing participants with plenty of room for hands-on practice to gradually develop the specific techniques required to analyse great writing at a university level.
Participants will begin by learning why literary criticism is so important, paying particular attention to the principles of ‘practical criticism’. They’ll also spend the first few lessons learning to read more intently and constructively in order to extract more meaning from the text. From there, in-class discussions will focus on English literary history, the influence of editors in literature, and the difficulty involved in translating foreign-language work into English.
Throughout their time on the programme, participants will study world-class verse and prose, with a specific focus on the works of two prolific English writers: John Milton (a Cambridge alumnus) and William Blake. Participants will also spend time improving and refining their own writing, learning to choose language more effectively and confidently, and mastering the myriad ways to expertly critique a literary work.
English Literature Course Outcomes
For anyone interested in studying English Literature as an undergraduate, this two-week summer programme will provide a solid foundation for future literary studies and help students learn to read challenging texts more closely, critically, and effectively. Participants learn in small groups guided by expert tutors, who will help participants gain a deep appreciation for the key writing trends found in English literature, the history of the field, and its impact on contemporary culture.
In addition to these crucial skills, this English summer school programme is also geared towards challenging participants studying A-Levels beyond what they may have seen in secondary school. By introducing participants to a variety of different literary techniques, they will learn to develop their own writing in order to better prepare for the requirements of undergraduate-level programmes.
At the end of their two weeks at Immerse, participants will head home having learned how to discuss literature with far greater eloquence, precision, and complexity than is often expected in secondary school. Throughout, our expert tutors will guide participants through the material, supporting them as necessary, and helping them approach new, high-level literary works with confidence.
By the end of this summer school programme, participants will have developed their ability to:
Read and thoroughly examine some of the world’s greatest literary works
Apply the principles of ‘practical criticism’ to their written analyses
Complete numerous problem-based and short-essay activities to solidify new knowledge
Draw connections between historical periods and subsequent trends in Western literature
Understand how to both critically analyse texts and eloquently explain their reasoning
Fully appreciate the unique challenges presented by translating existing works
Discuss the transformative role that editing plays in the literary process
Understand the complex relationship between an author’s life, personal life, and their work
Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.
The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.
A typical day
08:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30 Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00 Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15 Dinner
19:30 - 22:00 Evening social event
Start the day with either a continental or cooked breakfast in the college dining hall. A wide variety of breakfast items helps participants prepare for the challenging day ahead.
Emily Liu, United Kingdom
2016 English Literature Alumna
Emily participated in our English Literature programme in 2016. Here's what she has to say about her time with Immerse Education:
Immerse taught me that if you're passionate about something, you should pursue it. The tutorials were so informative and rewarding, and I met so many amazing people. It was genuinely a fun experience that has given me confidence when it comes to my undergraduate course and allowed me to complete my A-levels with a clearer sense of a suitable choice for university. I'm now in my second year of university at UCL studying English Literature and can't recommend Immerse enough to people around me.
Graduation & Participant Assessment
The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner.
Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.
We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are a crucial element of the learning process and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education.