NEW! Enjoy English through Literature!

DC/BC Dan Cook Book Club on ZOOM

Course Description

Enjoy mastering English through reading and discussing classic American literature. This class will focus on the short story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber  by Ernest Hemingway to develop a deeper understanding of English through literature.  The story’s major theme of courage, or lack of, reveals interesting personality traits of the three characters. This class is designed for learning through student - teacher interaction, NOT a  lecture format.

TOEIC 700 and above is necessary along with a strong will to participate verbally.

22051924. SX318

Two 90 Minute Sessions 

June: 21st and July 5th

Maximum: 4 people

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Cost: ¥ 12,000

Materials: provided in link below

Subject Matter

This class will focus on understanding and the feeling of the language through one of Hemingway’s most famous short stories.

We will cover, but not be limited to:

  • Narrative Close readings of the story for deeper understanding.
  • Characters Identify and label different character types and their dialogue.
  • Themes Identify common themes and patterns.
  • Setting Pinpoint surroundings and events.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway is known for his simple, direct, no-nonsense choice of words. He was one of the first American writers to escape imitating British masters instead producing simple and yet complex, difficult storylines. Hemingway received the 1954 Nobel Prize in literature for his “forceful and style-making mastery of the art of modern narration”. His dialogue seems to be the way that people actually speak but in fact is not. Hemingway’s use of simple words with deliberate emphasis and repetition creates this feeling and makes it easy to remember what has been said. Hemingway believed that a writer’s style “should be direct and personal, his imagery rich and earthy, and his words smile and vigorous”. Ernest Hemingway clearly writes in this manner and much more.

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