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Discover English – Thursday, 25 June 2015

Studying English at Manchester covers much more than is often thought. Reading English here involves looking at the texts and histories of our culture right from Chaucer and Shakespeare to hip-hop and Hollywood.

A vast amount thought-provoking and exciting subjects that can be explored at university come under the heading of English. They include: English Literature, English Language, Drama, Anglo-Saxon History, Linguistics and American Studies. Different periods are studied, including Victorian literature, 18th-century and post-war texts, and include a range of media, including books, poems, drama, film, and even music and TV.

Degree courses can also include a combination of subjects including a range of European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages. This Discover English day will give you a taste of the range of opportunities available within the study of English as well as the diverse range of potential career opportunities that this degree will open up to you.

This day has a broad appeal to students with an interest in English literature, English language and linguistics, and the history, technique and theory of these subject areas. Alongside English sessions, students will also have an opportunity to find out more about Drama and Film Studies at the University, the role of English in the study of education, and how English can also be studied alongside History and other languages.

Throughout the day, visiting students will see how degrees in English and associated subjects create graduates with highly developed language and communication skills; a greater capacity for both team-working and independent working; and exceptional critical and analytical skills. Any student interested in communication, presentation, the power of language, and the relationship of English and drama studies to global history, politics and business, and the arts, will be sure to enjoy and be enthused by this day.

Provisional programme

9.30am to 9.45am Arrival, registration and refreshments
9.45am to 10.00am Welcome and introduction
10am to 10.25am Studying English and related disciplines at University
10.45am to 11.20am Informal overviews of subjects available to study
11.20am to 11.35am Break and workshop sign-in
12.20pm to 12.30pm Lunch
12.30pm to 1.15pm Workshops
1.20pm to 2.05pm Workshops
2.10pm to 2.40pm Question-and-answer session with English students
2.40pm to 3pm Evaluation and event close
3pm to 3.45pm Optional campus tour with ambassadors