English Language Articles

A Day in the Life of an Oxford Scholastica Tutor

A Day in the Life of an Oxford Scholastica Tutor

Hello! I’m Alyssa, one of the Creative Writing tutors at the Oxford Scholastica Academy. In addition to my wonderful role at Oxford Scholastica, I’m an editor and a DPhil (PhD) student of Literary Translation at the University of Oxford, where I also teach and convene...

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100 Best Books of All Time for High School Students

100 Best Books of All Time for High School Students

By reading widely and often, we’re able to glimpse perspectives across time and place that we might otherwise never have access to. There’s possibly no greater way to learn about the world around us than by nestling amongst the pages of a great novel!  With that in...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Plays

A Beginner’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Plays

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous playwrights in history, and has had an incredible impact on English literature – even the English language itself!  His influence has endured over hundreds of years. Despite writing most of his works in the 16th century,...

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What’s the Difference Between Poetry and Prose?

What’s the Difference Between Poetry and Prose?

Poetry and prose are both forms of written expression, but they differ in structure, style and purpose.  Fundamentally, prose is writing in its organic form, based upon spoken language. It’s a form of expression found in novels, newspapers and essays. Poetry, on the...

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Why Is Shakespeare Still Important?

Why Is Shakespeare Still Important?

William Shakespeare is (arguably) the most recognisable name in English literature. And even if you haven’t heard of him, you’ll know about some of his plays, like Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. Even beyond that, if you’ve ever seen an actor chatting to a skull, or...

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15 Best UK Universities for English

15 Best UK Universities for English

The evolution of chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, has made it increasingly difficult for us to distinguish between the human-written word and the artificially-generated word. As impressive as these developments are, it’s perhaps more important than ever to study the...

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How to Write the Perfect Essay

How to Write the Perfect Essay

If you decide to study English at university, it’s going to involve a lot of essay writing. It’s a challenging skill to master because it requires both creativity and logical planning, but if you ensure you do the following whenever you write an essay, you should be...

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A Day in the Life of an Oxford Fresher

A Day in the Life of an Oxford Fresher

Whether you’re still deciding if you’d like to apply to Oxford University, or you’ve got your place and will be arriving soon enough, it’s very reasonable to find out early what the daily schedule of an Oxford student looks like. Given Oxford’s unique routines and...

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