Category: T.E.A.

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Welcome to T.E.A.

Hello and welcome to the official page of The English Appendage – or T.E.A. for short! We are a group of third year students here to help you with the transition to university. As our name suggests, we are an “appendage” to the English department and will be working alongside...

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An Introduction to World, Time and Text

World, Time and Text is an expansive module, incorporating texts from across the centuries so you are bound to enjoy something and if not everything. You’ll be exposed to such a plethora of literature that you’re at least learning a lesson in diversifying from your normal reading list. Starting with Paradise Lost you’re...

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Paradise Lost by John Milton

Paradise Lost: As an opening text to studying English at University, Paradise Lost by John Milton can seem a daunting prospect for a few reasons. It is an epic poem about Satan post-fall from Heaven and the fall of Man, as soon as you open it you’ll see why it can get tricky. Here are a few tips to get...

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Reading English Module.

This is quite a fast-paced module, structured in three parts – focussing in turn on poetry (including ‘V’ by Tony Harrison – amazing, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets), prose (Wuthering Heights – see T.E.A’s separate post for this) and drama (Endgame by Samuel Beckett). This module, for me, felt quite different from the...

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

This is one of the texts you will study on the Reading English module. First of all let me just say that this novel is NOT a typical ‘chick love story’ (as one person put it in my seminar group). Heathcliff is far from the romantic hero, if he can...

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American Classics Module

This module will introduce you to American literature and ask you to consider its wider significance in American culture. As the title would suggest the idea of the literary classic plays a key part but rather than simply accept that some texts are ‘classics’ and others aren’t, the module prompts...

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

‘Lo-lee-ta’. It is hard to pick a favourite book from the first year of the course, but when people ask me which book I enjoyed the most, Lolita always pops into my head first. Now I know that most will have heard of the book purely for its notoriety and...

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Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara

Lunch Poems was easily my favourite text of 1st year. I fell deeply in love with O’Hara and am married to his poems in my heart. I’m not a weirdo. Reading poetry is very different to reading a novel, and this often puts students off but if you stick with it the pay...

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Literature in Context

This module aims to introduce you to methods of critical and contextual reading central to the English programme, and to the range of core skills essential to successful study at university level: at least that’s the fancy way of explaining the module. Over the duration of the module you will...

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ by Alan Sillitoe: As the first text you’ll study for Literature in Context you will read this short story of a young working class man and his journey, both literally and metaphorically. The book raises questions about the class system, dialect and questioning our idea of...

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Digital Victorians Module

This is a new module running in the second semester (2017). Unfortunately I cannot restart my degree to take this module, or add it on to my modules for level 6! Not only does it look amazing but unbelievably helpful in introducing you to research skills early on in your...

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Literary and Cultural Theory

This module will introduce you to the main areas of literary and cultural theory and teach you how to apply them to literary texts as well as teaching you to think critically about just about everything: films, TV, current events, family dinners, you think of it and by the end...

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Being a Commuting Student

Commuting to uni can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you live a bit of a distance away, and have a 9am lecture. It’s not rocket science – you have to get up early. However, you really need to make sure you give yourself enough time to eat and drink first....

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Being a Working Student

So, the day has finally come, you’ve got your start date for uni, your first timetable, you’re feeling like a giddy 12 year old once again and then it dawns on you… how on Earth am I going to juggle University and a job? The answer: it’s actually a lot...

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Being a Mature Student

I came to university after completing an Access course at college. I had done my A-Levels when I was younger, at which time I decided to take a year out to save money before university. That year turned into many as life took over and bills had to be paid....

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Being a Student Parent

I dropped out of university when I was 20 and moved back home to have my son. I knew it was the best option because my student life at the time consisted of getting up for a 9am lecture, pouring myself a mug of wine, and going back to bed...

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Liverpool For Literature Lovers

If you can manage to put down your books and get out of bed every now and again, there is a lot for a literature lover to do in this here Liverpool. Here are some good things: The Bluecoat: Located here, The Bluecoat is the city’s hotspot for contemporary arts of all kinds. If...

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Student Discount

This is possibly the best thing about being a student (other than gaining a degree), as saving money is a student’s prerogative. All you need is a bit of plastic, otherwise known as an LJMU card or NUS card, and you will be saving money here, there and everywhere! Getting...

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Eating Your Reading List

Everyone loves a bowl of plain pasta and a pot noodle butty, but a few decent meals here and there can make a huge difference to your life, let alone your ability to study. There’s tons of food advice for students around, but can you use the books on your...

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‘Doping in Sports’ – Teaching Experience

On 12th July 2016 a ‘Doping in Sports’ Conference was held in LJMU’s Tom Reilly Building. This was part of a much larger project with LJMU’s Endocrinology department, as well as the British Endocrine Society. This was my experience of our English-related part… Teaching is something I am considering doing...