Designed for more advanced students, English is studied through works of literature, including a variety of short stories, poetry and plays, including Shakespeare.
The Literature Class consists of adult students, most of whom have been members of this class for at least two years and one since the year 2000! It is run by ex-European School Language teacher Chris Atkinson who teaches a variety of literary materials.
We have studied three of Shakespeare’s plays (Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew and Julius Caesar) and will soon start Macbeth. The Short Story lends itself to this kind of class (James Joyce, Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway, and, most popular of all, William Trevor). Other materials covered recently – “Man for All Seasons”, a play about Thomas More by Robert Bolt, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and currently “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel. Some of us plan to travel to Ireland in April to see a production of this play. Next up is Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood”.
To complete this description, we have enjoyed poetry by Robert Frost, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Burns, William Blake, William Wordsworth, John Donne and others. Not forgetting some of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Two Luxembourgish authors who write through the medium of the English language (Anne-Marie Reuter and Percy Lallemang) may soon feature in our syllabus.
If you are interested in this class and there are books or poems you would rather like to study, your requests can probably be accommodated! Chris Atkinson can be contacted at christopher(dot)atkinson(at)education(dot)lu.