Reading English

Module code: EN1010
Module co-ordinator: TBC

This module will help you make the transition from your school/college studies to degree-level work, equipping you for your English university career. You will develop close reading skills across a range of literary forms, focusing on the range of techniques used by writers to construct meaning in their work including form, meter, rhetoric, and mood. There will be frequent opportunities to practise and receive feedback on your critical writing, and to share and discuss your work with your tutors and peers.

As well as seminars, you will join with other students in weekly Autonomous Learning Groups (ALGs), discussing the reading and working on exercises and questions determined by your tutors. Attendance at both seminars and ALGs is compulsory.

Most of the work studied will be taken from The Norton Anthology of Poetry (5th edition, 2005), although this may be supplemented by short prose extracts made available via Blackboard, the university's virtual learning environment.


  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 10 hours of fieldwork
  • 162 hours of guided independent study


  • Exam, 1½ hours (60%)
  • Writing portfolio (40%)