How to Write a Literary Analysis
Lay the foundation for an excellent literary essay
Do you know the difference between a subject and a topic?
Do you know how to write the main idea for your essay?
Do you know how to interpret a literary genre, such as a short story, a play, a poem, a novel, and even a film?
Can you use the proper literary terms to analyze character, plot and point of view?
How about setting, style and theme?
Are you able to do a film analysis using literary terms as well as audiovisual elements
You will learn through snappy, informative videos and accompanying transcripts, a helpful quiz, a useful self-assessment, and a writing activity.
The course is very easy to navigate, the videos are very clear and straightforward, and the supporting materials are abundant and useful. Have a look at these materials if you teach Academic Writing. This is what the future of ESL materials will look like: well-designed, interactive, multimedia rich--and made locally by teachers for teachers.
Nick Walker, Academic Writing instructor, Ahuntsic College, Montreal
Frank Bonkowski is an educational writer, English language teacher, and e-learning specialist, passionate about learning and teaching. As a lover of writing, Frank has a twofold mission: to teach English learners to write better and to train language teachers in teaching effective academic writing. He was a teacher trainer at several universities, including McGill, Concordia, and TELUQ, a center of distance education.
Frank has contributed to nine English-language textbook projects, including the Take series, the biggest success in Canadian textbook publishing history. He is founder of two websites for teaching writing: English School Courses and Business English HQ. He has published several online writing courses, including Introduction to Academic Writing for learners and Teaching Writing to Intermediate and Advanced English Learners for teachers.
Chris Rush assisted in course production. He has been teaching business English online since 2012. He has taught over 1,000 students from over 100 countries.
For the past two years, in addition to teaching, he has created online courses to help learners improve their English anytime, anywhere.
Preview1. Introduction: laying the foundation (2:26)
Start2. Specific purpose: distinguish between subject & topic (5:43)
Start3. Debatable thesis: what's your point? (5:04)
Start4. Literary analysis: introduction (6:14)
Start5. Literary analysis: character, plot, point of view (10:57)
Start6. Literary analysis: setting, style, theme (9:46)
StartActivity: Focus your argument
What I really liked . . . is having the choice of following the lesson by watching the video or by reading the text myself. Some people are more visual, while some others would prefer to listen the lesson. So, we have an option to please everyone.
Rafael, Academic Writing student, Montreal
All the lectures are very easy to understand; it doesn't matter your skill level in English writing. You can learn at your own beat; and even if you don't understand everything right away, you can go back to the courses as many times as you want. That is very helpful!
Dalie, Academic Writing student, Montreal
Frequently Asked Questions
This is for teachers or learners if you:
- Teach or study academic writing at high-intermediate or an advanced level.
- Are teaching or learning critical essay writing for
the first time.
- Have taught academic writing before and want to save time
- Are motivated and want to learn at your own pace.
- Are comfortable with online teaching and learning tools.
This is NOT for teachers or learners if you:
- Teach or study low-level academic writing.
- Are uncomfortable with online materials.
- Just want to have fun.