English Through the Ages: One Course Summer Study Abroad Program


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Course Feature

Why Study English On Location?

Heavily influence by French, English evolved as a hybrid. It emerged from the collision of languages and cultures that provided not only new words but also new ideas and worldviews. Paris and London are the ideal cities in which to consider this influence as well as that of art and history on English literature and culture. Dynamic learning experiences, such as attending a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theatre, performing rants at Speaker’s Corner and visiting the Moors that inspired Wordsworth, will bring the coursework alive for students as they travel from France and England north into Scotland.




Courses Offered


English—Grade 12



The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practise using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.


Studies in Literature—Grade 12



This course is intended for students who are passionate about literature. Students analyze a range of literary forms including drama, the novel, and poetry, responding personally, critically and creatively to each.


Writer’s Craft—Grade 12



This course is designed for students who have attained a high level of proficiency in their writing skills and wish to focus on cultivating their creative writing talents by participating in prose, poetry and drama-writing master classes.


English—Grade 11



The core English course gives students the opportunity to hone their presentation, analytical and critical thinking skills through assignments and activities that incorporate both oral and written communication.




Program Itinerary


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Travel Overview

Prep Session 1: Early May, 2018
Prep Session 2: Late June, 2018
Travel Dates: July 4 – July 28, 2018

Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Course Work

In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted. Course preparation is spread out over four weeks: our first two-week preparation session begins in early May, focusing on novel studies; the second two-week session begins in late June, focusing on completing small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates and help complete short tasks to alleviate the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all pre-departure work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running while overseas.

Departure From Toronto (Day 1)


Our North American departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to our departure, a short meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3, to distribute course packs and maps and to clarify travel procedures. All students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Students making alternate arrangements must contact MEI before March 31.

Paris (Days 2–8)

In Paris, we consider the influence of art, literature and philosophy on the English language and culture while soaking in the sights, sounds, food and fashion found in the ‘City of Light.’ The introduction of French language and culture to England provided not only new words, but new ideas and new ways of looking at the world.

London (Days 8–14)

As we journey to London, we come to see not only how Shakespeare modernized the English language, but how that language and world view was solidified, exported and policed in the creation of an empire. Our study of Shakespeare makes his work come alive as we take in performances at the historic Globe Theater as well as participate in the heated exchange of ideas at the original Speaker's Corner.

Lake District (Days 14–18)

Inspired by the vistas of Ambleside's rolling hills, rocky outcrops, and hidden trails, we retrace the steps of the Romantics along with the development of English language and literature as we attempt to recapture the spirit of self-reflection through the study of poetry.

Edinburgh (Days 18–25)

The works of contemporary Scottish writers such as Irvine Welsh and Jackie Kay give students the opportunity to study the transformation of provincial England into the diverse chorus of voices that is the cosmopolitan United Kingdom. Students have the opportunity to preview the works of the world famous Fringe Festival before completing their Independent Study Units and writing final exams.

Departure from Edinburgh (Day 25)


Calendar


Travel dates subject to change.


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Program Fee


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Program Fee Includes
Program

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook

Travel

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions

Sites and Excursions
  • Paris Museums: Musee D’Orsay, Louvre, Pompidou
  • The Palace of Versailles
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Mouffetard Market and the Tuileries
  • London Museums: National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Camden Market
  • The Globe Theatre
  • Theatre in London’s West End
  • St. James Park, Hyde Park
  • Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard
  • Hike through the moors of Grasmere
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Camera Obscura
  • The Royal Mile
Program Fee Does Not Include

  • Lunches
  • All airline taxes, charges and fees
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Registration fee
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*


*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

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