I was never a great fan of literature lessons at school or university, for a number of reasons, but the main one was always the fact that, an avid reador, I always felt that literature requires ‘alone time’, and a classroom seemed just a little bit too crowded for me… I also believe that literature should be less about dry biography facts, text analysis, and ‘this is what the writer meant when he said this or that’ essays, and more about the readers, their perceptions, and their interpretation of what they are reading.
That is why when two years ago my old friends, Riga school ‘Maksima’, asked me if I could teach English literature with them, the idea of a an on-line course came to be. We had quite a ride, experimenting, discussing, creating, and dreaming together with my amazing students, and, finally, I am ready to recycle some of those materials and share three new amazing courses in English literature with you!
- Course dates: January 29, 2018 – May 20, 2018
- Course length: 16 lessons, 1 lesson = 1 week
- Course assessment: 1 written assignment per week, with weekly and/or monthly feedback
- Course certificate: on-line, also available in print on-demand (postage expenses to be covered by the student)
- Level(s): Intermediate (B1) – Proficiency (C2)
- Course price: EUR 80, to be paid at once or in two istalments (2 x EUR 40)
Course content and programmes
A course consists of four modules, each dedicated to a different writer/text. Each module is 4 lessons long (lasts 4 weeks) and allows the students to discover some facts about the writer, the historical and/or social background of the story, and, of course, guides them through some extracts taken from the original texts.
More importantly, however, each and every task invites the students to personalise, interpret, and live literature, learning to read original texts, expanding their vocabulary, and acquiring some useful reading strategies and learning skills along the way.
- The Mabinogion
- Legends of King Arthur
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’
- Daniel Defoe’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’
- Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’
- Robert Lewis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’
- Thomas Mayne Reed’s adventure stories
- George Bernerd Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’ – problems of class, society, upbringing and education.
- Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales – love, cruelty, happiness.
- George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ – state, politics, power.
- William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ – people: crime, punishment, relationships.