English Literature Summer School in Cambridge

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

English Literature Summer Programme Overview:

  • Programme: English Literature
  • Fee: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge University colleges

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English Literature Summer School Summary

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The Immerse English Literature summer school programme presents an intriguing challenge to students who choose to enrol here and asks them 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. Learn to do the same, by spending two weeks here in Cambridge city, reading and writing about some of the greatest English literary works.

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This English literature summer course is designed to help young literature fans, ages 16–18, learn how texts are analysed at a university-level and beyond. The skills taught here will help students to understand difficult works, interpret them accurately, before deciding how best to explain their interpretation in their own writing.

The English literature programme offers an inspiring opportunity for young readers to discover new works, explore new interpretations of previously-seen material, and gain a greater appreciation for English-language literature as a whole. Throughout, students will build a powerful tool set of techniques, often used by contemporary literary critics, that will serve them both in their undergraduate studies and future careers.

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 tool set 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

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The Immerse English Literature summer school course curriculum will introduce you to a wide range of techniques, ideas, and concepts used in modern literary criticism. Each lesson has been carefully planned to build on your existing knowledge of English Literature, give you plenty of room for hands-on practice, and gradually build the specific skillset required to analyse great writing at a university level.

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Entering the English literature summer programme, you’ll first start by learning why literary criticism is so important, paying particular attention to the principles of ‘practical criticism’. You’ll also spend the first few lessons learning to read more intently and purposefully 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 your time here, you’ll study world-class verse and prose, with a special focus on the works of two prolific English writers, John Milton (a Cambridge alumnus) and William Blake. You’ll also spend time improving and refining your own writing, learning to choose your language more effectively, and exploring the myriad ways to expertly critique a literary work.

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.

The Immerse English literature summer school programme covers a unique mix of important
theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
course by requesting a free course syllabus

English Literature Course Outcomes

For anyone interested in studying English Literature as an undergraduate, this two-week summer school programme will provide a solid foundation for future literary studies and help students learn to read challenging texts more closely, critically, and effectively. Students will also gain a deep appreciation for the main writing trends found in English literature, the history of the field, and its impact on contemporary culture.

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In addition to these crucial skills, this programme is also geared towards challenging students at a level beyond what they may have seen in secondary school. By introducing students to a variety of different literary techniques, students will learn to develop their own writing in order to better prepare for the requirements of undergraduate-level programmes.

By the end of their two weeks here, students 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 students through the material, supporting them as necessary, and helping them approach new, high-level literary works with confidence.

The English Literature summer school programme leaves students with an understanding of:

  • 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 English summer school course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

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.

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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.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

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
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Case Studies

Emily Liu, United Kingdom 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.

Learn more about our alumni's exciting journeys on our Alumni Success page

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...MORE

...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 crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

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 crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Ready to enrol?

The English Literature Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

4th – 17th August 2019

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209 when a group of scholars left the University of Oxford. The history, influence and alumni of the university is world renown, having educated the likes of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more - including 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

Cambridge University is a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under the overall ‘Cambridge University’ umbrella, each with its own distinctive character. This set up also makes it one of the most architecturally interesting and beautiful towns in the world, and walking down the streets of Cambridge it’s easy to see the varied mix of styles of the university colleges that dominates the town. All of our participants live and learn in the inspirational surroundings during the academic programme.

Immerse Education's programmes in Cambridge take place in the beautiful colleges of the University of Cambridge. Immerse Education is not affiliated with Cambridge University.

The English Literature Summer Programme takes place in the following locations

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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