Working in the USA: Lizzie Offiler

Working in the USA: Lizzie Offiler

Lizzie Offiler was one of around 40 students who chose to take LJMU English's Working in the USA module in her second year with us. Here's her account of her experiences working and living in America this summer. On Friday 13th May 2016, I flew out to Boston Logan International Airport to begin my travels in America. I was greeted by my Aunt who I was to stay with for the entirety of the time I was working there. I have a lot of family in America and as a result, I have been over to visit my family more times than I can remember, but working there enlightened me to an entirely different experience to what I have been used to in the past. I worked at two placements whilst in America, the first in an elementary school, which is the same age group as primary school. My second placement was in the following high school, that the children in the elementary school will...
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‘Doping in Sports’ – Teaching Experience

‘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 in the future - that's why I took the Teaching 'strand' of the English Work Experience module during my second year. So, when I received an email from lecturer Dr Kate Walchester asking if I would be interested in a little bit more experience I jumped at the opportunity. However, as I settled and re-read the details (after confirming my desire to help out) I reeled at the title: Doping in Sports. Sports? As an elegantly sedentary literature student, sport, in general, is a long way down my list of thoughts for the day, in fact I think I go months without willingly thinking about sports at all. Yet, this was experience...
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The Library Archives

The Library Archives

By now you will probably be experts in using the library (if not you can consult our helpful post and/or get in touch with the nice library folk), but have you ever used the archives in Aldham Robarts? Perhaps you have heard talk of The Lower Ground Floor and wondered what happens down there...? Well, wonder no more for the mysteries of LG are about to be revealed. If you look up the Archives and Special Collections on the LJMU website you can find out about their impressive and exciting collections. If you have an interest in researching something particular that's the place to look. You can find all the information regarding when you can visit and who you should contact via that website. If you get in touch with them, I can guarantee you will be welcomed by someone lovely, knowledgeable, and very willing to help. There is a lot of really exciting stuff down there, from the Willy Russell Archive to The Punch...
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Prescot Work Experience: Megan Bagnall

Prescot Work Experience: Megan Bagnall

The second year 'English Work Experience' module... well - even if you haven't taken it, you can guess what it does. Part of LJMU's commitment to preparing our graduates for the world of work, the module also aims, where possible, to involve students studying English in the research activities being carried out by staff in the department. Prescot, a town eight miles to the east of Liverpool, is coming out of some very difficult economic times with a cultural revival. The long-term efforts of a wide variety of residents, community and charity organisations, and members of Knowsley council are soon to be crowned with the construction in Prescot of a Jacobean theatre and education hub. LJMU English's Professor Elspeth Graham has played an important part in this exciting regeneration, and for many years has offered students on 'English Work Experience' the chance to take part in a range of community-based cultural projects. Megan Bagnall has recently completed the module, and here she reflects upon the...
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