This course is designed to help students hone the three skills that are assessed by the English Literature Admissions Test at Oxford and Cambridge: close reading, comparative analysis, and critical essay writing. Each week students will have the chance to write an essay on unseen extracts from literary texts and get detailed feedback on their work. The course will cover poetry analysis, essay structure, critical prose style, and exam technique.
This course is for students applying to study English Literature at the University of Cambridge or University of Oxford.
Provisional Dates: This course will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 7th September to the 28th October at 7pm.
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Week 1: An introduction to ELAT and to ‘practical criticism’
Week 2: A group discussion of unseen ELAT-style extracts.
Week 3: Foundational essay structure and thesis statement writing
Week 4: Advanced essay structure
Week 5: A group discussion of unseen ELAT-style extracts.
Week 6: Poetry analysis (metre, form, rhyme)
Week 7: Exam technique for the ELAT
Week 8: Final group discussion on critical prose style
Dr Andy Wimbush AFHEA holds a BA and a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge. He has helped many students with successful applications to read English at Oxbridge and has previously taught the ‘Practical Criticism’ course at Cambridge on which the ELAT is based.
- Maximum Class Size: 7
- Platform: Lessons will take place on Microsoft Teams, which is free and straightforward for students to use. Our team will be on hand to help you get setup before your first session. Take a look at this video to see our online teaching in action.