Both the English and the Modern Languages Faculties at Oxford are among the largest in the country, and students have access to a range of expert tutors working in many different areas. Library provision at Oxford is excellent: students have access to the English Faculty Library, the Taylor Institution Library (for languages), the Bodleian Library and Christ Church Library.
In the first year you will do practical work in your chosen language and study a selection of important texts from its literature. On the English side, you will be introduced to the conceptual and technical tools used in the study of language and literature, and to a wide range of different critical approaches. You will also do tutorial work on either early medieval, Victorian or modern literature. In the second year, a wide range of options opens up for you. Language work in your modern language will continue and you will study literature from a wide range of periods in English and in your language. The third year of the four-year course is spent abroad – see the Modern Languages course tab for more information. On your return, you will choose from a range of special option papers in both English and Modern Languages, and in comparative literature.
At Christ Church students usually have one or two tutorials a week as well as compulsory language classes. Most students also attend three to four lecture courses per subject.
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Studying English at Oxford involves both broad and intensive reading of authors from the medieval period to the present day, and at Christ Church we approach the literature of the past in the light of committed and expanding critical engagement and enjoyment.