Teacher: Brendan Sweeney Lessons: 4 /week
Have you ever wanted to get better acquainted with British writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle – the creator of Sherlock Holmes – Samuel Beckett or a modern poet such as Seamus Heaney? Literature is the art of written words and is the key to unlocking the secrets of the English language. It also offers students a way to enhance and deepen their understanding of fellow human beings and their deeper motivations. This course will explore the work of the greatest writers in the English language and encourage debate and personal study. Students will not only improve their reading and comprehension skills, but they will also be encouraged to form opinions and get up close and personal with the writers who helped set the standards for modern English.
Structured chronologically, this course will take you on a fantastic adventure through the centuries, starting with the tale of Beowulf from the Dark Ages, the first acknowledged text in English, to modernist writers such as Joyce and Beckett in the 20th century. Students will learn to read and analyze a wide variety of literary texts. There will be interactive oral exercises, discussions and presentations. Enhancing vocabulary but also comprehension and learning about the societies that created great writers will also be an integral part of the course. The course is intensive and communicative. Instructional material includes literary works as well as audio-visual materials that demand a good level of comprehension.