The English-Speaking Union of the United

Study Abroad for Teachers - TLab

University of Oxford: 1-week program

The Story and Future of English
July 15-21, 2018 

 

Course Description

Throughout its history English has been the medium of invasion, conquest, liberation, colonization, independence, religion, power, and culture.  It has evolved with new vocabulary from other languages.  English's story takes us across time and space, from 5th century Friesland to 21st century Singapore.

The many Englishes, from BBC to Southie to Singlish have developed to create the richly-varied language of today.  A language providing the means to describe the way we live, think, and express ourselves.

This program draws on the expertise of scholars at the University of Oxford and explores the fascinating story of the development of English from its humble beginnings to the global influence it exerts today.

This summer, you can spend a week as a student at Worcester College, University of Oxford.  Attend classes taught by acclaimed Oxford professors in the same classrooms where England's legendary scholars and poets got their education.  

 Course Schedule (subject to change

July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20  July 21
Morning Arrival 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast 8:00-8:45am Breakfast
2:00-5:00pm
Arrival and Registration
9:00-10:30am
What is English?
Francis Leneghan 
9:00-10:30am
Old English and Old Norse: A Linguistic Conquest
Brian McMahon 
9:00-10:30am
Lecture TBA 
9:00-10:30am
Empire, Consumerism, and the English Language
Sandy Byrne 
9:00-10:30am
Writing and Reading Words in War-Time (seminar)
Lynda Mugglestone 
Departure
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
10:30-11:00am
Coffee 
5:45-6:30pm
Orientation
11:00am-12:30pm
Divided by a Common Language?  
British and American English
 

David Grylls 
11:00am-12:30pm
Wrought in the Middle:  English Writing in the Later Medieval Period
Helen Appelton 
11:00am-12:30pm
 The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
 
Peter Gilliver
11:00am-12:30pm
The Future of English
Simon Horobin 
11:00am-12:30pm 
Lecture TBA 
7:15-7:45pm
Opening Repcetion
2:00-4:00pm
Oxford Walking Tour with Blue Badge Guides 
2:00-4:00pm
Visit:  Keble College 
2:00-4:00pm
Visit:  Ashmolean Museum 
2:00-4:00pm
Visit:  Weston & Bodleian Libraries  
7:15-7:45pm
Closing Reception 
7:45-8:45pm
Dinner 
6:30-7:30pm
Dinner 
6:30-7:30pm
Dinner 
6:30-7:30pm
Dinner 
6:30-7:30pm
Dinner 
7:45-9:15pm
Formal Dinner 


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Featured Faculty

  • Dr. Helen Appleton – Career Development Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford. Dr. Appleton's research focuses on pre- and post-conquest English literature.
  • Dr. Sandie Byrne – Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing. Teaching includes English Literature (1740-present), critical theory, and critical reading.
  • Peter Gilliver - Lexicographer and Associate Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and author of The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (2016).
  • David Grylls – Founding Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and Departmental tutor and book reviewer for the Sunday Times. His scholarly work has concentrated on the nineteenth century.
  • Prof. Simon Horobin – Professor of English Language and Literature; Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Research includes the history of the English language, especially in the Medieval period.
  • Dr. Francis Leneghan – Associate Professor of Old English and Non-Tutorial Fellow, with a research focus on intersections between politics, religion, and literature in Anglo-Saxon England.
  • Brian McMahon – Scholar and researcher of Old Norse Literature, focusing on the figure of the itinerant storyteller in eddic and saga literature.
  • Prof. Lynda Mugglestone - Fellow and Tutor in English Language and Literature, Professor of the History of English, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.  Prof. Mugglestone's teaching includes English language from Old English (1400 - present day).

Who should apply?

This travel-learning experience is perfect for anyone interested in cultural exploration, lifelong learning, or just having a unique English experience.  It's also an excellent opportunity for English, social studies, and communications teachers of all experience levels (including pre-service and retired), and other educators who are eager to engage in study with world-class educators in a historic university.

Program Cost

Tuition is $2750 for teachers currently working in the classroom; $2,950 for all other participants and includes:

  • Accommodation in Worcester College in a single room with an en-suite bathroom 
  • Half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • All excursions (including admission fees) featured on course schedule (schedule subject to change)

The ESU will supply letters of support for grant or scholarship applications as ESU scholarships are not available for this program.

Deposit of $500 is required with registration and must be paid in full within two weeks of registration or registrant forfeits their spot in the program.  Invoice for balance of program cost is sent ten weeks prior to course.  Full balance is due within two weeks of receiving the invoice.

ESU TLab scholarships are not available for this program, but we encourage those interested to consult this fundraising guide.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONTACT HOURS AND CREDIT

This course constitutes approximately 25 professional contact hours.  Participants who complete the course receive a certificate of attendance, upon request.

Travel and Housing Arrangements

Housing in Worcester College dormitories is included in the program cost.  Rooms are private accommodations with en-suite bathrooms.  Further details will be issued in joining instructions from Oxford closer to program start date.

You are responsible for arranging your travel to and from the UK.  The ESU recommends you wait to purchase your plane ticket and book your accommodation until the course is confirmed (or, make insured and/or refundable arrangements).

You are responsible for travel insurance, which the ESU strongly suggests you purchase (with a clause allowing for program cancellation).

Registration DETAILS

  • Register online by April 15, 2018.
  • Registration is non-competitive and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • A deposit of $500 is required with registration.  If deposit will be paid by check, registrant will be issued an invoice and the check must be received within two weeks of registration or the registrant will forfeit their spot.
  • Invoice will be issued ten weeks prior to course.
  • Balance will be due within two weeks of receiving the invoice.
  • Course is limited to 30 participants.

Terms and Conditions

Refund Policy:  The deposit is non-refundable.  This course is non-refundable, unless the courses is cancelled, in which case deposit will be refunded in full.  If you are not able to attend the course due to emergency circumstances, you will be refunded minus an administration fee only if there is a waitlist applicant who will be able to attend the program in your place.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) and/or the University of Oxford reserves the right to change predetermined course schedules should it be necessary.  The ESU is not responsible for any entities that provide services during your course, including but not limited to the institution with which you are studying, housing, or accommodation facilities, airline, or other travel agencies.  In participating in this TLab-UK program you must agree to sign the ESU's Waiver and Release of Liability.

Completion of a registration form indicates commitment to attending the course and fulfilling any associated invoices.  Participants are billed ten weeks prior to program in US dollars, based on current exchange rates and including transaction fees.  Full balance is due from participants within two weeks of receipt of invoice.  Program cost is non-refundable.

You are responsible for medical insurance, some meals, travel, travel insurance, and incidentals.

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