To study English is to learn the history of the English language and the importance of literature in our culture. Close reading and careful analysis of texts, the ability to write clearly and concisely, and the ability to both make and critique arguments are essential to success not only in education, but also in a wide range of work environments. Even more importantly, English studies promote an active engagement with cultural values by encouraging us to examine accepted truths, and to question and test them as part of our everyday work. By doing so, we foster open debates about power, knowledge, and identity. Such debates are crucial to the ongoing process of developing a culturally diverse society and to understanding the cultural and natural environments we inhabit.
The Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing has been offered since 1979.
News, events and seminars
Lyttelton poet and University of Canterbury (UC) academic Professor Philip Armstrong has won the 2019 Kathleen Grattan ...
Come and hear Lawrence Patchett's korero about his new book 'The Burning River'
English staff are located in
Karl Popper, Level 6