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Studying English is so much more than just writing essays. While taking English courses at UFV, you can . . .

Complete creative projects

  • ENGL 207, Victorian and Modern Literature
  • ENGL 280, Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 333, Nineteenth-Century British Novelists

In these courses, you have the option to complete a creative project.

Sarah Sovereign's projectSarah Sovereign, a recent graduate, combined her professional work as a photographer with her love of literature to complete the ENGL 333 creative option. “Taking English classes helped me better define my art practice," Sarah says. "As I’ve grown as an artist, a therapist, and a student, I’ve realized just how much I love the process of creative learning; it has always engaged me, helping me to delve into course material passionately and purposefully, and leading me to a deeper understanding of what I’m studying.”

Co-deliver seminars and create multimedia projects

  • ENG 280, Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 388, Special Topics in Children’s Literature

In these courses, you co-deliver seminar style presentations that engage the entire class in discussion and group activities.

You can also choose to demonstrate your growing  understanding of children’s literature from a creative, interdisciplinary approach by incorporating one course learning outcome, two scholarly sources, and two of the texts from the course reading list in a multimedia presentation. They then draw on two or more forms of communication (including, but not limited to, writing of any genre, film, visual art of any genre, music, fashion, lesson plans, interactive online components) to create a unique, individual reflection of what they have learned.

Jordyn Siemens, who created this multimedia blog to explore several course concepts and works of children’s literature, reflected on the process: “I can honestly say that this was the most enjoyable final project I have ever done.”

Arvind Mani, who created a “magazine” explaining what radical children’s literature is, admitted his project “took quite a bit of work and (what seemed like) constant editing to be as concise and clear as I could get it” but “I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED it!”

Explore digital archives of primary works

  • ENGL 206, The Long Eighteenth Century
  • ENGL 207, Victorian and Modern Literature

In these courses, you can explore digital archives of primary works from the 18th and 19th centuries (using databases like Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Empire Online, and the Victorian Periodical Poetry Database), find a document that interests you, then prepare a descriptive and analytical report.

Present staged readings

  • ENGL 310, Early Modern Drama
  • ENGL 312, Shakespeare

In these courses, you will present staged readings of scenes from the plays of Shakespeare (312) and his contemporaries (310), then lead a discussion of the key issues in the scene and the interpretive choices they've made.


Participate in mock conferences

  • ENGL 354, Canadian Poetry and Prose, Beginnings to 1920
  • ENGL 356, Modern Canadian Prose & ENGL 358, Modern Canadian Poetry
  • ENGL 358, Modern Canadian Poetry

In these courses, you will participate in a mock conference to present your research findings. This is an excellent way to prepare for grad school.

Taking English classes helped me better define my art practice because I fell in love with so many of the rich characters and themes that I studied. If an instructor is open to it, I think the sky is the limit with how creatively you can interpret an assignment — in the past I’ve used textile arts, stop motion, filmmaking, bookmaking and painting in a variety of ways.

  • – Sarah Sovereign
  •    Photographer
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