Literature and Intercultural Communication

Explore literature and culture connected to the Yorkshire region, improve your English and visit the places where some of the texts you’ll study on the course were written.

Special features

  • Develop your knowledge of British literature and culture while improving your English 
  • Study an exciting variety of texts which have a connection to Yorkshire
  • Take trips to different places in Yorkshire to extend your knowledge
  • Experience student life and get involved in social activities at the University of Leeds
  • Study for 4 weeks in June, or continue your study with Leeds International Summer School

Our Literature and Intercultural Communication course can help you if you are interested in literature and culture, and developing your academic English language skills in the UK.

You’ll gain skills in the following areas:

Knowledge of literature 
Develop your understanding of iconic literary texts and confidence in discussing them in English.

Intercultural awareness
Learn about different cultural contexts (in the UK and other countries) and cultural identities.

Academic language skills
Improve your ability to communicate in an academic context, develop your critical thinking, independent learning and teamwork skills.

What you will study

You’ll learn using a range of materials like poetry, fiction, non-fiction, films, television programmes, websites and videos – from the 19th century up to today.

You’ll study topics to examine how language is used to bring a sense of place, such as:

  • The sights and sounds of Yorkshire
  • The local ties and global reach of Dracula
  • Travel writing and place-branding
  • Official history-making and alternative material cultures
  • Cultural and textual adaptations
  • Creative writing

You’ll learn both in and outside the classroom, through:

  • Classroom discussions of texts and language
  • Day trips to places in Yorkshire such as Haworth and Whitby 
  • Participating in workshops 
  • Activities such as film screenings and guided walks
  • Your own exploration of cultures and histories in Leeds
  • Working on independent projects


Each week you’ll work on a different project during field trips and independent learning sessions. These projects will be assessed at the end of each week to encourage you to use what you have learnt, track your progress and identify areas for you to improve on. Examples of previous projects have included blogs, a class website, screencasts or videos, and creative writing.

You’ll also create a reflective journal to keep track of your experiences and development, which will contribute to your final week’s project.


Our Language Centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Find out how to apply