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Subject-specific activities in English literature

Our English literature activities are primarily aimed at Year 12 students and can help to raise the attainment and aspirations of those studying English literature and related humanities subjects.

Students will benefit from the expertise of the Kingston Writing School – a vibrant community of outstanding writers, journalists and publishers. 

The following sessions can be delivered either in school/college or at Kingston University (please specify at booking which you prefer):

Studying English literature at university

  • Year group: Year 12
  • Date and time: Various dates, approximately 1–2 hours 

Take a look at the options available to those with an interest in studying English literature and find out where it can lead. Learn about the different module options offered to students and the ability to combine with other areas of study. This talk also gives an introduction to the type of learning done at university including the lecture/seminar structure, preparation for seminars and the use of study materials. Students will learn about the different types of texts studied at university level and the ways in which we approach these texts. Where possible students will also have the opportunity to put their questions to a current English literature student at Kingston.

English lecture/workshop

  • Year group: Year 12
  • Date and time: Various dates, approximately 1–2 hours

This session is designed to give students a taste of university level study as well as offering insight to one of their A-level texts. These sessions are informed by our staff expertise but are also adapted to suit current curriculum needs. We have recently delivered sample lectures on Gothic literature, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare and women's writing. The tutor will usually give a short lecture and then engage the students in some close reading and engaged discussions based on the provided material. The list of suggestions below is by no means definitive, so please do get in touch if you have a particular interest that is not noted here.

Suggested topics: Gothic literature, Victorian literature, contemporary American literature, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, 18th-century novels, contemporary British fiction (Ian McEwan, Iris Murdoch, Zadie Smith) and children's literature.

Reading skills

  • Year group: Year 12
  • Date and time: Various dates, approximately 1–2 hours

This session is specifically designed to help students with their close reading skills. We will provide a short textual extract and will examine formal techniques such as rhetoric, language, characterisation, narration, form, and genre. We might also discuss approaches to reading, thinking about critical analyses. This session is designed to help prepare students for university while assisting them with A-level English assessments.

Writing skills

  • Year group: Year 12
  • Date and time: Various dates, approximately 1–2 hours

This session is designed to help students perfect their writing skills. We will concentrate on the craft of essay writing, helping students to put their ideas across in the most effective manner. We look at the importance of the argument, the language, and the structure of successful essays. We think carefully about what makes a good thesis statement and how this helps to shape a better essay.

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