This course is designed in two parts: grammar and
The first, grammar, requires a) that you read King
Alfred's Grammar on-line, and complete the exercises provided
for you. These can be found at UMass Old English and at the University
of Virginia. And b) that you read the textbook very carefully,
make notes, and ask questions about the material if you don't
The second part, literature, requires a) that you translate
the assigned texts, and b) engage the texts in class as literature.
This means making notes on your impressions of a text, its images,
language, structure, contexts, and any issues you feel are pertinent
to our understanding of it.
Your grade is assessed through the assignments. The bulk of these
are integrated into your coursework, so you will encounter them
as the term progresses. But the final project or paper requires
extracurricular work. You will need to develop a paper topic during
the middle of term, and begin research by the eighth or ninth week
of class. I recommend that you consult with me as you develop your
topic, and again as you conduct your research.
Finally, grammar and translation are time-consuming. Expect to
spend at least an hour per day on these, likely longer.