English Through the Ages

Paris, London, the Lake District, and Edinburgh

Summer Program

July 4–July 28, 2018

Description

Earn your high school English credit this summer as you travel abroad to the world’s most celebrated literary capitals of Paris, London, and Edinburgh. Go on an adventure and prepare for university, as you advance your writing, analysis, and presentation skills in a fun and interactive environment.

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25
DAYS 
One Course Program

Courses Offered

  • English +
  • Studies in Literature
  • Writer’s Craft

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

*Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of February, 2018. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.
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This program allowed me to really get out of my comfort zone and meet new people. The people and teachers on this trip were so amazing. They really wanted the best for us and would help us at any time of the day!

Brittney Barclay
Student, Trek Through Europe 2017

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This program allowed me to really get out of my comfort zone and meet new people. The people and teachers on this trip were so amazing. They really wanted the best for us and would help us at any time of the day!

Brittney Barclay
Student, Trek Through Europe 2017

Courses Offered

English
GRADE CODE
11 + 12 ENG3U + ENG4U

The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practice using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.

 

Studies in Literature
GRADE CODE
12 ETS4U

This course is intended for students who are passionate about literature. Students analyze a range of literary forms including drama, the novel, and poetry, responding personally, critically, and creatively to each.

 

Writer's Craft
GRADE CODE
12 EWC4U

This course is designed for students who have attained a high level of proficiency in their writing skills and wish to focus on cultivating their creative writing talents by participating in prose, poetry, and drama-writing master classes.

 

Program Itinerary

July 4–July 28, 2018

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–8 Paris
Day 8–14 London
Day 14–18 Lake District
Day 18–25 Edinburgh

Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website where reading lists are posted. Course preparation is completed over four weeks. The first two-week session begins in early May, and focuses on novel studies. The second session begins in late June, and focuses on small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, and to help lessen the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running overseas.
Departure from Toronto

Departure from Toronto

Day 1

Our study abroad departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to departure, a short meeting is held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3, to distribute course packs, maps, and to clarify travel procedures. All students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Students making alternate arrangements must contact MEI before March 31.
Paris

Paris

Days 2–8

Students hit the ground running in the ‘City of Light’, where they consider the influence of French art, literature, history, and philosophy on the English language and culture. The introduction of French in England not only developed the language, but also brought new ideas and new ways of looking at the world. While exploring the romantic cobblestone streets of St. Germain, picnicking in the gardens of Versailles, and examining some of the most famous art in the world at the Musee D’Orsay and the Musee du Louvre, students immerse themselves in all that Paris has to offer.
London

London

Days 8–14

From Paris, students journey across the English Channel to London, where they discover not only how Shakespeare modernized the English language, but how that language and worldview was solidified and exported in the creation of an empire. Our study of Shakespeare brings his work alive as we study his plays in close readings before taking them in in performance at the historic Globe Theatre.  Students also try their own hand in writing arguments before performing them in the heated exchange of ideas at the original Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park.
Lake District

Lake District

Days 14–18

Inspired by the vistas of Ambleside’s rolling hills, rocky outcrops, and hidden trails, students retrace the steps of the Romantics in the Lake District of England.  Students participate in master classes and book chats, as well as recapture the spirit of self-reflection through the study of poetry. In the Lake District, students focus on honing their essay writing, and analysis skills with one-on-one feedback from teachers.
Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Days 18–25

The works of contemporary Scottish writers such as Irvine Welsh and Jackie Kay, give students the opportunity to study the transformation of provincial English literature to reflect the chorus of voices that is the cosmopolitan United Kingdom. After exploring Edinburgh’s haunted castles, students also have the opportunity to preview the works of the world famous Fringe Theatre Festival before completing their Independent Study Units and writing final exams.

Departure from Edinburgh (Day 25)

What’s Included?

 

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

What’s Included?

 

 

Program Fee Includes
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Include
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

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Paris

Days 2–8

London

Days 8–14

Lake District

Days 14–18

Edinburgh

Days 18-25

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