In English, we seek to challenge the minds and to engage the imaginations of our students. We teach them to think both critically and creatively through the craft of writing and the analysis of their own and others’ language. We explore the past, consider the present, and imagine the future with the understanding that reading and writing shape the world.

Why English?

Fun, Free and Printable English Activities for Kids Kids learn best when lessons are a combination of fun and learning. The free English activities available here are fun and exciting to do, teaching kids important rules and concepts in the process. We have activities for kids across various grades. Do you like learning English and having fun? In this section you can play games and practise your speaking with our fun tongue twisters. There are funny jokes in English to learn and tell your friends. You can also post comments! Watching videos is a great way to practise your English and learn new things about interesting topics. We have lots of great videos here for you to watch. Watch videos, play games, print activities and post comments.

We teach our students life-long skills, so that they learn to read carefully and write clearly, creatively, and effectively—discovering themselves even as they lay a solid foundation for professional success. 

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Study Abroad

The KU Department of English has three study abroad programs: the British Summer Institute, The London Review, and Pura Vida: Costa Rica & Travel Writing. We also facilitate study abroad through semester- and year-long programs.

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We value diversity in all its forms and seeks to build cultural understanding while fostering an inclusive environment for every one of its members: part-time and full-time undergraduates, graduate students, lecturers, faculty, and staff.

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Community Update: In support of the University of Michigan's ongoing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help undergraduate students comply with Washtenaw County's Health Department's 'Stay in Place' orders, our physical offices will be closed at least through November 4th. Staff members are available by email or phone during their regular office hours.
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Welcome to the Department of English Language & Literature The Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan has long been recognized as one of the top English departments in the nation.
The Hopwood Program The Hopwood Writing Program—offering some of the most prestigious financial awards available to students at the University. Find out more about this affiliated program..
Living the rustic life We live at NELP for 45 days in the woods, in simple cabins along a lake, with no cell phones, computers, recorded music or other things that tend to take up a lot of our time in Ann Arbor. So we build fires, write letters, make our own music, read a lot of books, and bake a lot of cookies..
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Recent News

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Statement of Solidarity

The violence against black people our nation has witnessed in recent weeks and months has left members of this department stunned and sickened, as have ongoing efforts to rationalize long-standing regimes of oppression. We find little to surprise us in these dismal spectacles. As many U-M English faculty have taught and written about for years, and as no small number have shared in their own personal stories, these newest outrages only extend a long and heart-wrenching history and remind us all of the depths of callous complicity that have sustained it.

The protests that we’ve seen and that many in our department have joined offer a glimmer of hope that this time, at long last, we might muster together the clarity of vision to confront and dismantle deep-rooted structures of racist violence. While much of our focus has been on the national scene, systemic racism has long saturated institutions of every kind, and neither our discipline nor our department are free of its damaging habits and effects.

The Department of English pledges a commitment, in approaching a new academic year, to the thoughtful scrutiny and revision of our own entrenched practices, priorities, and assumptions in order more courageously to address lingering legacies of exclusion and to cultivate a space where all students, staff, and faculty can thrive while being affirmed and supported in the work they do.

--- David Porter Gaurav Desai
Outgoing Chair Incoming Chair

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Department of English End-of-Year Celebration5:30 PM
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2021 English Honors Symposium - Virtual10:00 AM
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Department of English Undergraduate Virtual Commencement3:00 PM
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