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Literature in English

Literature in English

 

 

“Literature is what keeps us from shrivelling into something completely superficial.  And it takes us out of ourselves, too… It reminds you of standards: standards of elegance, of feeling, of seriousness, of sarcasm, or whatever.  It reminds you that there is more than you, better than you.”

~ Susan Sontag

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In this course, we will read the works of three of the most important dramatists in American literature.Each session will concentrate on one play.
Session 1: Eugene O’Neill:  Long day's journey into night
Session 2: Arthur Miller: The Crucible
Session 3: Tennessee Williams: Night of the Iguana
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Duration 9 hours
Fee HK$1,800
In this course, we will focus on a few narrative genres in the Old Testament:
biography, cycle stories, tragedy, and comedy.
 
The texts we will look at include the following:
 
Session 1
 
Biography: The life of Jacob (Genesis 25:19 – 35:29)
Cycle story: Gideon’s story (Judges 6:1- 8:32)
Comedy: David and Abigail (I Samuel 24, 25)
        The Book of Esther
 
Session 2
 
Biography: The story of Aaron (Several chapters from Exodus and Numbers)
Cycle story: Samson’s story (Judges 13 – 16)
Tragedy: Samuel, Saul, and David (I Samuel 8:1 – 31:13)
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Duration 6 hours
Fee HK$1,200
In this course, we will look at two poetic books in the Old Testament, as well as a number of Psalms.
 
The texts we will use include the following:
 
Session 1
 
Poetic book: Songs of Songs
Psalms: 4, 16, 19, 25, 37, 51, 73, 120 - 134
 
Session 2
 
Poetic book: Lamentations
Psalms: 79, 90, 100, 103, 105, 106, 119, 137, 139
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Duration 6 hours
Fee HK$1,200
The short 15-hour course aims to provide all who are interested in literature, particularly, teachers who are interested in using literature in their language classrooms, with the chance to read, appreciate and critique the works of the selected American playwrights. 
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Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$3,000
The short 9-hour course aims to provide all who are interested in literature, particularly, teachers who are interested in using literature in their language classrooms, with the chance to read, appreciate and critique the works of 3 important American novelists.
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Duration 9 hours
Fee HK$1,800
This course explores the idea of storytelling through reading the works of some of the short story’s most prominent writers. It deals with fundamental questions like: Why do people need to tell, read, write and listen to fictional stories? By examining the aesthetics as well as the politics of storytelling, the course aims at shedding some light on the different themes generated by narration and revealing the void that lies beneath man’s sense of identity.
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Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
The course aims at examining the politicized nature of ethnic representations and how they affect social relations and the ethno-symbolic network. Investigating the links between media, society and culture, it falls into the following main themes: Silencing the Asiatic, the White/Black division, the Caribbean subaltern, the Arab and Muslim others, and the symbolic American other. Exploring forms, practices, and politics of representation, we will discuss the importance, as well as the futility, of representational ethnic struggles.
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Duration 15 hours
Fee HK$2,800
This course aims to help parents, teachers and those who are interested in children’s literature in English. Course participants learn how to interpret, select and make use of children’s literature (in different genres like picture books, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction) to achieve a variety of purposes, such as:
  • Fostering reading for pleasure – a vital part of language acquisition
  • Cultivating good reading habits for personal growth
  • Identifying their children’s language learning needs and addressing them
  • Designing practical follow-up activities leading to the target learners’ long-term language development
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Duration 6 weeks
Fee HK$2,800
This course takes a formalist approach to the teaching of literature and will cover the following:
•    An introduction to the elements of fiction: setting, characterization, plot, theme(s), and point of view; 
•    An introduction to the characteristics of four subgenres within Fiction: Biblical parables, fairy tales, fables, and Greek myths;
•    An explication of how the five elements of fiction function in the four genres;
•    A discussion of a set of ready-made teaching materials (written by the course tutor himself) and how they can be used in the classroom
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Duration 6 hours
Fee HK$1,200
This course takes a formalist approach to the teaching of literature and will cover the following:
•    An introduction to the elements of poetry: figures of speech (metaphors, similes, personification); rhyme and rhythm; voice, speaker, and listener;
•    An introduction to three different types of poetry: narrative poems, dramatic poems, and lyric poems; 
•    An explication of how the elements of poetry function in these three types of poetry;
•    A discussion of a set of ready-made teaching materials (written by the course tutor himself) and how they can be used in the classroom. 
PT
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Duration 6 hours
Fee HK$1,200