English Literature Summer School in Cambridge

English Literature

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

On Immerse Education's English Literature (16-18) programme, you will discover the power of language, interpretation and imagination as you delve into a world of time-defining literature from Medieval Poetry to Post-Colonial Fiction.

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Programme:

English Literature

Course Length:

2 weeks

Course Type:

Residential

Locations:

Cambridge University colleges

English Literature Summer School in Cambridge

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Is Shakespeare the greatest writer to have ever lived? What makes a piece of literature worthy of the canon? Should there be a literary canon at all? The Immerse English Literature (16-18) programme asks you to carefully consider what makes great literary works stand out from the rest, but also to question their value and categorisation. By taking this step back, you will have a new framework to analyse, interpret and discuss some of the most renowned literary works, whilst spending two weeks in the historic city of Cambridge.

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English Literature Summer School Key Benefits

Read and discuss everything from classical prose to contemporary verse

Understand historical context, trends, and movements that have defined literature

Develop personal writing, whilst building strong editing and analytical skills

Experience authentic student life in University of Cambridge colleges

Interactive learning in small groups (av: 1:7) from expert university tutors

Meet other motivated high school students from all over the world

English Literature Example Modules

Module 1

What Is Literary Criticism?

This module considers what the purpose of literature is, and hence, what the role of literary criticism is. It does so by examining how individuals and societies have interpreted literature from the days of Aristotle to the present day. By the end of this module, you will have crafted your very own manifesto of literary criticism.

Module 2

This module invites you to analyse how two key poets, John Milton and T. S. Eliot, used poetry to engage with Biblical stories and themes. Specifically, you’ll be asked to evaluate how Milton and Eliot’s poetry enabled provocative philosophical debates on heroism, government, and hope.

Module 3

In this topic, you will consider how literary structures, and physical formats of books and prints, influence their meaning. Study three different textual forms: a sonnet; an excerpt from a young children’s book from the 1780s; and a selection of texts from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence.

Project

Articulating Ideas

This session will focus on the presentation of your final projects and a discussion regarding presentation, following some analysis of famous historical speeches. The discussion will encourage you to ask questions about formal essayistic structures and ask for individual feedback on your work.

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English Literature Summer School Prospectus

The English Literature programme at Immerse offers a unique insight into important theory and practical knowledge. Download our prospectus for further details on topics covered in the course.

Broaden your academic horizons

During this English Literature (16-18) programme you will:

  • Read and thoroughly examine some of the world’s greatest literary works
  • Apply the principles of ‘practical criticism’ to your written analyses
  • Fully appreciate the unique challenges presented by translating existing works
  • Complete numerous problem-based and short-essay activities to solidify new knowledge
  • 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

Projects that develop your skills

All projects are supported by your expert academic tutors, and can take the form of an essay, presentation or practical project. The project reaches its pinnacle when you present your project to your academic peers and tutors at the end of the programme.

It’s an incredible opportunity to develop your independent research skills and specialist subject knowledge.

Summer School Reviews

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the summer school they held was not only fun but also educational, I believe that they have spent so much effort to organize a summer school. Moreover, the staff are friendly and will to answer all your questions, they are really professional and they gives you many suggestions.

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The Immerse Cambridge program 2019 was an extraordinary experience. I participated in the fourth session and took two weeks of medicine lessons. Whereas I have learnt a lot in those lessons, it was the combination of keen young people from all around the world that made those two weeks unforgettable. As we had a wide variety of all kind of backgrounds and home countries, it was very interesting to learn about new cultures, languages and traditions. Also, I think I have met people, that I count as some of my best and closest friends now and they are from all over the world. Moreover, the mentors need to be mentioned: My mentor was Dylan, who is literally the nicest person I ever came across (#TeamDylanForever)!!! He still helps my with my applications and is available for every question that occurs. However, all of the mentors were very friendly and helpful, not only throughout the time in Cambridge, but also now. Lastly, I want to mention the great opportunity this program offers to get to know one of the oldest university cities and (currently) the best university of the world and experience life as a student there. If I could do it again, I would definitely sign up for it straight away!

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I really loved my experience at Immerse! It was such a great opportunity to learn more about my subject (mathematics), and to create so many memories and friendships. It also allowed me to become very independent and experience student life at Cambridge. The activities and field trips were really fun and enjoyable, and all the mentors and tutors are really experienced so lovely!

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Such a great experience!

J

My experience at immerse was excellent as I had a lot of fun with my friends as well as learning a lot about my chosen topic (medicine). I also enjoyed the trip to London and Oxford a lot. In addition, canoeing and many other activities were very fun. I enjoyed spending time with my friends in the activities, classes, lunches, during free time… The talent show was very entertaining as well.

A

Immerse has a huge international student body which doesn’t only allow you to get to know more people, but also get acquainted with more cultures. I loved how Immerse brought guest speakers who shared with us their incredible experiences and motivated us to reach our full potential and go on new adventures. I also really enjoyed the workshop on Interview Techniques although I hoped we would have a chance to attend more workshops. Morever, Immerse has taught me independence and allowed me to embark on a journey of understanding one of my favorite subjects in the world… PHILOSOPHY! I have been lucky enough to be offered a scholarship for which I will forever be grateful.

G

(For scholarship advice see below) These two weeks have been magical and have shaped the way I view Cambridge so significantly. Our guest speaker Ore gave us so much insight into applying and the mentors made me realise that someone like me could apply to and succeed in Cambridge. I’ve built such great connections with the people I’ve met, thanks to Immerse’s brilliant activities such as self-punting, tours, discos and outings. Overall Immerse has taught me not only about university life at Cambridge but also more about myself and what I can achieve if I set my mind to it. You can apply for a scholarship!!! To anyone worried about whether they’d be able to afford it, please know that scholarships are available. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship and applying for it was the best decision I ever made. Don’t worry about not fitting in! Everyone is incredibly friendly and more welcoming than you’d think, so remember to keep an open mind and believe in yourself! This is definitely not an experience you want to miss.

S Ram

I could easily describe my time at immerse as the best two weeks of my life! It was amazing to meet such a diverse group of people from all over the world and I loved being able to learn about chemistry at a much more in depth and advanced level than I do in school. It has greatly improved my overall confidence and now I can’t wait to get to university to continue my journey of chemistry!!

A

If you want to know how university students live, Immerse is the right place for you. After spending two weeks on the course, the way I see university has drastically changed: it was no longer dreadful, and I even saw myself looking forward to it. In addition, the summer camp gave me enough insight into my chosen subject (which my own school didn’t offer) to get me started, and now I’m able to learn on my own. The experience itself is also worthwhile. Every day, we had our schedule covered by the two academic sessions and a large range of activities, including sports, tours and formal dinners, that made the experience more enjoyable. Moreover, we had two hours every day to have lunch with our friends in our place of choice. Friends which, for the record, were easy to make. After the first day’s “ice breaking” activities, you would no longer feel awkward, and the mentor families immediately gave you a group to be part of. Another thing to note is the astonishing amount of freedom we had. Our tutor didn’t force us to do any of the homework (but I still did it, and it was fun!), and most of the activities were optional. The experience wasn’t perfect, though. The water of the college didn’t taste nice, the food was generally dull, and we usually started the activities a little bit later than scheduled. These details, however, seem trivial in comparison with all the fun I had in the camp.

R Castro Freibott

My favourite memory was when we went to the Cambridge law faculty and checked out the cool libraries! Immerse has helped me to realise that law is something I really want to accomplish in in the future. Also, one of my most enjoyable classes was when we did a debate about torture! One of my most favourite activities was cake and canvas because we got to relax.

E

My experience at immerse was a very transforming experience in the sense that I was able to experience different cultures, get exposed to knowledge and it helped me realize that I want to be a lawyer in the future. I loved the fact that immerse helped me understand how to felt to be in university. Immerse has been able to help me in ways I cannot explain only in a matter of weeks I also love the fact that there was a balance between academics and fun. Thanks so much and I would love to come again next year.

M Lubusha

When I first came to Immerse, it gave me a totally different concept of a summer school. We always have free time which can help our time management when there’s a project to do, and single room provide fully private environment. The best memory I had was putting makeup on two of our mentor family’s boys, at that time, we were like real family. Best talk I’ve seen in immerse was the mana who is a vlogger and having a world experience, that’s something I had never imagined before. Immerse teach me a lot and the best summer holiday.

S

I love my tutor sessions and going out with friends. My best experience was at the talent show. My friend and I sang the song Perfect from Ed Sheeran. We were singing smootly when I suddenly forgot the lyrics since I had just learnt the song three days ago but I was touched when suddenly everyone started waving their phone´s torchlight to our song. That was how I perservered to the end. Immerse has helped me to gain a new experience and so far I hav met people from USA, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Italy, Cyprus and even from my own country! We are going to miss each other so much and I really wish that I could come back to Immerse or maybe even study here in Cambridge University. I had the best two weeks of my life here and I´m looking forward to coming back here if the opportunity arises.

A

My favourite memory was probably the studying of the different cases during class, the way we analyzed the cases and kept notes, because the notes were particularly helpful when we had to prepare the cases on our own. I would say overall, that the dynamic of our class was incredible and it was amazing to be in an environment when people share the same interests and goals as you do and you’re able to socialise with likeminded people. In addition, the activities at Immerse were a nice way to cool down after our academic sessions and to meet people from different mentor groups too. Honestly, 2 weeks passed very quickly and I can say that every single day was unique because of all the different activities that Immerse provided and the numerous topics inside the classroom.

S Theocharis

Firstly, all the mentors were really nice and helpful. My mentor was very friendly and truly made the experience better for me. I really enjoyed Nigel Warburton’s talk because it was on philosophy and I took philosophy classes here, so it helped me in the lesson. Simon Parker’s talk was also very encouraging to go after your passion. I enjoyed my philosophy lessons a lot because it forced me, in a good way, to think and question more. My tutor was really nice and helpful. She was extremely good at explaining complex subjects. She also answered my questions regardless of how absurd they were. As an activity I really enjoyed kayaking. I also enjoyed the formal dinners a lot, since it gives an insight to a traditional Cambrdige event. I think that Immerse has helped me to be better in my subject but it also has helped me to have better social skills. Overall, it was a great experience in which I learned and had fun at the same time.

A

My time at Immerse has made me so much more confident in myself and my abilities. I have progressed so much in the past two weeks and am now absolutely positive in my decision of applying to study HSPS in Cambridge. All my lessons were engaging and interesting, with my tutor regularly checking that the level of our topics wasn’t too easy or too hard, without encouraging us to be lazy. I was challenged everyday with my assignments – but nothing was ever too difficult that my level of understanding was compromised. The activities we did were all fun and interesting, and I was so busy trying new things, I didn’t have time to be homesick or shy. The highlights of my experience were probably the lessons, the talent show, punting, and getting to see all the colleges. The atmosphere throughout the course was so welcoming and open, I never felt self-conscious or like I was being judged for expressing myself in the subject that I love.

My favourite memory at immerse was having free time and hanging out with my friends. Despite being given a lot of freedom, I also feel as though being at immerse has taught me a lot: from tips to improve my creative writing skills, to general university tips I may need in the future. The most enjoyable activities for me were the punting activities and the trips to Oxford and London. In addition to all of this, the mentors, teachers and all staff in general, were very friendly. 10/10 would recommend. One of the best experiences of my life.

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I enjoyed the classes very much. Through them I was introduced to topics which I had not covered in school. I enjoyed the modern geometry the most. Having grown up in Iceland, I have never experienced what studying my subject in English would be like and so that was very useful and fun for me. My favourite activity was the Shakespeare play. It was the first time I had ever been to anything of that sort. The academic fair proved very useful and gave me a clearer idea of what applying to university in England would be like. Before coming to Immerse I could never have imagined that I would make such great friends. I’m sure I will keep in touch with them for the rest of my life. I’m still amazed at how quickly those two weeks passed by. It has been a privilege to be part of this course.

F Steinþórsson

Immerse has helped me to become more independent and learn how to speak up for myself/socialize. Strive for my dream and never give up no matter what other people think.

L Tzu Wo Ching

Coming to Immerse, I never knew what to expect. I was excited at the prospect of learning university topics and meeting new people. I was also worried about socializing, as my social skills aren’t that good. Well, I can say for a fact that I have no regrets about coming to Immerse 2019. From the College Managers to the tutors to the mentors; It was a fantastic experience for me. I have met new people from various countries. I liked every bit of the camp and I would remember every single part of this camp. It was awesome

G Ikenna Nehemiah Olaiya

I really enjoyed my experience at Immerse. I found the talks really interesting and engaging, they were really fun to listen to and I really got inspired. The activities we did were also very fun and different to things I usually do. I especially liked kayaking and the scavenger hunt. I enjoyed making many new friends from different backgrounds. I also found the classes very engaging, we had many interesting class discussions about architecture. My tutor was very friendly and was open to answering our questions.

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Secure your place for summer 2020. The English Literature Summer School is available on the following dates:

5th July – 18th July 2020

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12th July – 25th July 2020

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19th July – 1st August 2020

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26th July – 8th August 2020

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2nd August – 15th August 2020

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