LA500 Great Books Course Overview

Students will do reading assignments at home and come to class prepared to ask and answer questions about the books. Students will learn critical reading and discussion skills as they talk about the books. While Great Books Advanced focuses on books that are typical of American high school and college-level courses, the book selection of this course is aimed at books typical of junior high school and high school level required reading.
Students should be confident in their ability to read English if they are considering this course.

School hours 2 hours per week
Next Course LA510, SA500
Available Site Shibuya
School hours
2 hours per week
Next Course
LA510, SA500
Available Site
Shibuya

LA600 Great Books Advanced Course Overview

Tailored to high school students who are interested in reading a wide variety of important works of world literature in a number of different genres and discussing a variety of analytical approaches to literature.
Students will do reading assignments at home and come to class prepared to ask and answer questions about the books. Students will learn critical reading and discussion skills as they talk about the books. The books in this course are at the level of required reading for high school and college-level students. The books are not abridged or simplified in any way, so students should feel comfortable reading in English if they are considering this course.

School hours 2 hours per week
Next Course LA511, LA512, LA600, SA580, SA650
Available Site Shibuya
School hours
2 hours per week
Next Course
LA511, LA512, LA600, SA580, SA650
Available Site
Shibuya

From Instructor

Jonathan Ingram

Education: BA in English, Georgetown Univeristy

In Great Books classes, I try to follow the model used in competitive American high schools. Books are drawn from the list of texts considered in Advanced Placement tests as well as lists for international prizes, and students discuss not only the books we read, but also a variety of critical approaches to literature. My goal is for students to feel comfortable and confident with any literature in English that they encounter, either in their studies or in their private lives. Consistent with the culture of elite American schools, classes are taught in a seminar style, with students expected to actively participate in analytical discourse. My role as instructor is to ask questions more than I lecture, and to encourage students to work through issues together in a collaborative and rigorous way.

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