Personal and Professional Development Programmes 2021
UK Culture and Language Update
For those interested in interculturality, including ELT practitioners, this course offers a range of lectures, seminars and field studies aimed at developing participants' appreciation of cultural diversity with a focus on modern Britain.
"Culture is a set of norms accepted by the majority of any identifiable people grouping"
Seminars will cover a wide range of aspects of life in the UK, including media, politics, ethnicity and identity, youth culture and the changing English language.
27.6. - 03.07.21
22 -28.08.21 (repeat)
From Shakespeare to Postmodernism in Ian McEwan.
An English Literature Five-Day Crash Course
Enhance your knowledge of world-famous English literature, its epochs, genres and landmark works.
- Enjoy Shakespeare's genius as Al Pacino mesmerizes as Shylock (in the play with the first media game show and the first courtroom drama);
- Explore the "Ambivalences and Absolutes" of The Evangelical & Enlightenment eras; marvel at the first ever English novels (Pilgrim's Progress, Robinson Crusoe); discover why God is mentioned 161 times in Crusoe and not once in Gulliver; learn how Samuel Pepys lost his way but left us fascinating (usually censored) diaries.
- Trace how the Romantics' yearning for a higher reality morphed into the Victorian obsession with Gothic and the macabre.
- "All that glisters is not gold": get a feel for the ambivalences of the Roaring 20s, from the breezy farces of P G Wodehouse (Jeeves and Wooster) to the excoriating self-destructiveness of the Great Gatsby; and how Evelyn Waugh spanned the full range.
- Learn to distinguish typical features of Modernism (T S Eliot/James Joyce) from Postmodernism; enjoy texts from a range of great British writers of the past 60 years (Lodge, Bradley, le Carré, McEwan et al).
- Enjoy the "Top 20 English Poems" of all time.
Lectures and interactive seminars including video sessions and private reading time will make this an unforgettable week of literary studies.
A day trip to Dublin will be a chance to celebrate the legacy of a constellation of famous Anglo-Irish writers.
4 - 10 July 2021
15 -21 August 2021 (repeat)
The all-inclusive price for each course is £785.
These courses are eligible for the EU's Erasmus KA1 funding programme.
A special price is negotiable for those who attend some seminars only, also for those taking part on a non-residential basis.
Days 1 and 7 are flexible arrival and departure days.
Accommodation is in single en-suite rooms in Belfast's Stranmillis College.
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NEW IN 2021: We are also now offering training programmes for work and leisure in the fields of language, interculturality and literature.
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