Application Deadline: June 26, 2020
Program Dates: September 25 - December 6, 2020
Costs: $7,510Program fee with shared homestay: $7,510
Included in the cost:
Primary Faculty – Anna Wolf, Whatcom Community College
Anna Wolff was born a lover of words in London, raised a lover of books in Texas, and now lives as a lover of language and writing in Bellingham, Washington. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the English department at Whatcom Community College where she teaches composition, literature, and study skills.
Along with her passion for literature, Anna has a passion for travel. Although she is an immigrant to the U.S. and knows first-hand how big the world is, it is because of her privilege to travel that she knows how profoundly small and yet profoundly human we all are in the scope of our global history. She believes that travel and living abroad can be both empowering and humbling, and is thrilled to be able to share these kinds of teaching and learning experiences with students.
Anna’s research and teaching interests include gender studies, culturally responsive teaching, empowering student voice and language through writing, metacognitive approaches to reading, children’s literature, and creative writing. She is especially interested in the power of stories and what they can help us understand about the world and ourselves: who gets to tell stories, whose stories are hard to find, whose do we listen to, and how can we create the kinds of stories that liberate? Expect to explore all these questions and more in Anna’s classes in London!
English 225/226: Children’s Literaturey:
British Children’s Literature is reputedly the finest in the world, and so London provides us with the perfect locations to ask: What does it mean to be a child in England? What kinds of childhood are envisioned in British Children’s Literature? And who may be included or left out? We will start with some classic British Children’s books such as Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Later, we will move into some of the most popular 20th century serial middle reader books such as Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series and (of course) Harry Potter. The class will culminate with a project asking students to investigate, read, and present on a prominent theme or trope in British Children’s Literature that helps them address the course’s central questions.
Potential field trips and cultural events include: readings by contemporary British children’s authors, a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art Library collection of children’s literature(which includes the Beatrix Potter Collections!) , and attendance at dramatizations of children’s literature presented by London theaters such as King’s Cross Theater.
English& 236: Creative Writing
When we travel, our senses and imaginations come alive! Away from the familiar, we experience the world more keenly, observe our surroundings more carefully, and rely on intuitive leaps of the imagination to understand our world. In London, students will hone their understanding of what a stranger’s perspective can contribute to the project of literature. We will use our awakened senses and imagination to write in a variety of literary forms, always with the goal of evoking London for our readers. Workshops will take place in specific London locations at play in student work whenever possible. Models from published authors will include works by authors viewing London through an outsider’s eye such as Adrift in Soho by Colin Wilson, The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon, and Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire. We will take the numerous “Writers Walks” published on “London for Free”. We will also take advantage of London’s reputation as a thriving literary center by visiting poetry slams and spoken word events such as those presented by The Southbank Center, and Loose Muse’s London Premier Women Writers Night
Secondary Classes available with enrollment of 40 or more students
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