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University of Oxford: The Story and Future of English (1-week course)

The Story and Future of English

July 16-22, 2017

Over its history English has been the medium of invasion, conquest, colonization, religion, power, and culture.  It has evolved, with new vocabulary and borrowing words from other languages it has encountered.  It is a story that takes us across time and geography, from 5th century Friesland to 21st century Singapore.

The many strands of English (Standard English, dialect and slang among them) have developed to create the richly-varied language of today.  A language providing the words by which we describe the way we live, think, and through which we express ourselves.

This program, drawing on the expertise of scholars at Oxford University, will explore the fascinating story of the development of English, from its beginnings to the global influence it exerts today.  

As a student for the week at Worcester College, partake in presentations, lectures, visits to the Oxford English Dictionary Archives at Oxford University Press and the Bodleian Library, Oxford University.  Speakers will be from the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford English Faculty.

Who should apply?

Appropriate for English, history and communications teachers of all experience levels (including pre-service and retired), and others who are eager to engage in study with world-class educators in an historic university.

Course Requirements

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Program Cost

$2,750 Current classroom teachers and early applicants by February 15

$2,950 All others ready to engage in an Oxford adventure

Program cost includes accommodation in Worcester College in a single room with an en-suite and half board (breakfast and dinner).  Program cost does not include travel, travel insurance, medical insurance, additional meals, or any other incidentals.  ESU Scholarships are not available for this program, but the ESU will supply letters of support for grant or scholarship applications.

Deposit of $500 is required with application.  Invoice for balance of program cost is sent ten weeks prior to course.  Full balance is due eight weeks prior to course.

Refund Policy

Deposit is non-refundable for accepted applications.  Full balance is due eight weeks prior to course.  This course is non-refundable, barring insufficient enrollment in the course, 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.

Professional Development Contact Hours and Credit

This course incorporates approximately 30 professional contact hours.  All participants who complete the course receive a certificate of attendance.

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Program Extras for ESU Teacher-Scholars

  • These programs are exclusively available through the ESU
  • Continue the conversation back at home with membership in the ESU and ESU Teacher-Scholar Consortium

Application Details

  • Deadline is April 15, 2017, or until course is filled
  • Application is non-competitive and accepted on a rolling basis
  • A deposit of $500 will be required with application
  • Balance will be due eight weeks prior to course
  • Course is limited to 30 participants

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