English Literature & Academic Writing

CBL International English Literature & Academic Writing bespoke programme provides the great opportunity to study in-depth academic writing, literature, linguistics and creative writing in Oxford (UK). All lectures are held at Oriel College (University of Oxford, UK).

Our programme offers a unique blend of lectures from well-known professors, excursions to famous places and visits to successful organisations and institutions. You will benefit from a good feel of the British culture and from a better understanding of the British literature.


About This Programme

Length Academic Writing and English Literature courses take place during the month of August, with one course available each week. Please note if you select the Academic Writing & Enlgish literature track, you can only select courses from this track.
Available Dates Summer Session 3: 29 July – 11 August 2018
Summer Session 4: 12 August – 25 August 2018
Lectures, Exams & Credits Delegates will participate in one course per week.

An assignment will be given during each course (one examination per week). Course examination results will be listed in your official academic transcript. Workload of Summer Institute at Oriel College Oxford is designed to be equivalent to:

– 4-6 ECTS (2-3 US credits) per two-week session
– 8-12 ECTS (4-6 US credits) per four-week session

Oriel College (University of Oxford, UK) will award for each delegate who successfully graduates from the programme with a Certificate of Attendance and Achievement and an Academic Transcript.

The Academic Transcript will also be presented and will contain the following information:

– Courses attended and chosen lecture track
– Results of the weekly examinations
– Workload of each course

Accommodation Single dormitory room with shared bathroom facilities, includes daily breakfast. The full board option is available to all students for an additional fee of 420 GBP.
Fees Please see our fees & tuition.
Prerequisites This is an open enrolment course, we recommend applicants to have prior knowledge or strong interest in the subject/course they are enrolling in.
Additional Information In addition to lectures given, this course also includes various extra-curricular activities such as social events & leisure activities, visits to businesses and institutions in London, and excursions to famous places and historical landmarks. Learn more about Programme Information.


Course Details

  • Course Timetable
  • Overview
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* Academic Programme Particulars: Each session is comprised of two weeks of tuition.
* Delegates are welcome to participate in multiple sessions. Each week, students will participate in a course of their choice in their preferred track.
* Each track offers courses in one academic discipline.
* It is possible for delegates to choose a course that is not in their track.
* As the beginning of the programme nears, enrolled delegates will be asked to select their courses.
* Delegates will be assigned to courses, subject to availability. While we are able to allocate most students to their preferred courses, on some occasions students will be allocated their second choice.
* Delegates are welcome to extend their stay by participanting in multiple sessions either in Oxford or our sister-programme Cambridge Summer Institute at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

For a typical week at Summer Institute, please click here.

Below is a draft schedule for Summer Institute at Oriel College (click to enlarge)

*Disclaimer* Changes to the course description, topics, programme structure, and schedules may occur due to the availability of faculty members at the actual time of the programme.

The Academic Writing & English literature track gives students the great opportunity to study academic writing, literature, linguistics and creative writing in Oxford (UK). All lectures are held at Oriel College (University of Oxford, UK).

Our programme offers a unique blend of lectures from well-known professors, excursions to famous places and visits to successful organisations and institutions. You will benefit from a good feel of the British culture and from a better understanding of the British literature. The programme includes the following courses:

  • Academic Writing & Critical Thinking
  • Intercultural Communication
  • English Literature
  • British Culture & History

English Literature

This course will offer delegates a strong foundation for understanding the various facets of English Literature across eras and genres, tempering historical and ideological depth with attention to textual details. Prose, poetry, and drama will be considered in dynamic ways, inflected by engagement with various political, socio-economic, religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas.

Academic Writing & Critical Thinking

Students will learn how to identify and critique implicit claims in academic and journalistic writing, what characterises weak arguments and how to formulate strong ones, as well as how to interrogate visual arguments in video or photographic media. Students will also acquire more practical skills, including how to interpret essay questions, how to structure and reference an academic essay, as well as how to write with clarity, brevity and maximum impact.

Cultures and Communities in 20th Century Britain

To be announced

Intercultural Communication

This course will look at key academic and practical topics involved in intercultural communication. Drawing on the fields of literary studies, linguistics, anthropology, ethnography, and cultural studies, delegates will analyse topics including, ‘Communicating between cultures’, ‘Translation’, ‘Verbal and Non-verbal Communication’, and ‘Cultures and Concepts’.

Business & Legal English

This course will focus on the reading, writing, and listening skills of the English language in a business context. By being able to understand and use the business language, participants have the possibility to further their careers in both their quality of work and build relationships among colleagues and clients.

Delegates will develop the ability to communicate on an international level using precise and correct legal language. Upon completion of the course, participants will improve their confidence in explaining points of law, enhance their drafting and editing skills, and ultimately represent their organisation in a more effective manner.


cole-robertsonCole Robertson
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford (UK)

Cole is interested in the effects that diverse linguistic structures may have on human cognition, communication, and sociality. Prior to completing his MSc he read a BA in liberal arts, with a focus on literature, and then worked for several years as a journalist. Coming from this background in the humanities, he is interested in the evolution of language and particularly the light this may shed on the study of contemporary literature, poetry and drama.



tarrBronwyn Tarr
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford (UK)

Bronwyn is originally from Namibia and previously studied Evolutionary Biodiversity and Zoology at the University of Cape Town, completing her honours research on cooperative breeding in Naked Mole Rats. At Oxford she graduated with a masters in Environmental Change and Management, where she took the opportunity to explore social science research skills (her thesis looked at art and environmental education). Currently she works in Robin Dunbar’s research lab, on a topic, which incorporates her love of dance and performance with her interest in evolution and sociality.


outhwaiteProfessor William Outhwaite BA (Oxford)
Professor of Sociology
Newcastle University

Professor Outhwaite recently published a short book on European Society (Polity Press, 2008) and a second edition of my book on Habermas (Polity Press, 2009), a book chapter (2011) on the emergence of the idea of the social in nineteenth century philosophy and a book on Critical Theory and Contemporary Europe (Continuum 2012)


maskellDr David Maskell

Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College
University of Oxford (UK)



Dr David Maskell specialises in combining the academic and practical aspects of French  theatre studies. His English verse translations of Voltaire’s Mahomet and Zaïre and an adaptation of La Châtelaine de Vergi were recently performed in Oxford.  He has also translated Le Jeu d’Adam and Racine’s Esther, as well as Poliziano’s Orfeo from the Italian.
He has a special interest in African and Caribbean theatre in French and has collaborated with the Oxford Francophone theatre group in adaptations of Une Saison au Congo by Aimé Césaire, and of plays about Shaka Zulu by Léopold-Sédar Senghor, Seydou Badian Kouyaté, and Senouvou Agbota Zinsou.


Apply For This Programme

To apply for this programme, simply fill out our online application form. You can also download our PDF application form, fill it out, and email the completed form back to us.

Please send all completed application forms to info@cbl-international.com. If you have any questions regarding our application process, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

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