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"Inklings": An Oxford-Style Tutorial on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and G.K. Chesterton


Instructor: Matt Dominguez
Course Fee:   $50 Course Fee
Course Requirements / prerequisite:   Must Love Reading, Literary Analysis, and Group Discussion.  Expect to come to the first class with the Hobbit read and annotated ready for discussion on day 1.
Open to:   All Grades; Space is limited to 8 students. An application with references and an interview with Mr. D. may be required.

We will be reading and studying literature in an Oxford-style tutorial.  Each day we will meet at a different coffee house or tea room or at the Wade Center at Wheaton College.  We will spend time reading, annotating, and writing, followed by hearty and rich group discussion.  The focus on the discussions will center on topics near and dear to the Inklings group such as authentic discipleship, apologetics, the power of story, life as epic adventure, paradox, etc.

Proposed Texts (The group will select readings from the following texts):

C.S. Lewis: The Last Battle; Till We Have Faces
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit; “The Monsters and the Critics”, excerpts from the Silmarillion
G.K. Chesterton: The Man Who Was Thursday, A Nightmare; Saint Francis of Assisi

Traditional definition of the Oxford-style tutorial: “At Cambridge University and Oxford University, undergraduates and some graduates are taught in the tutorial system. Students are taught by faculty fellows in groups of one to three on a weekly basis. One benefit of the tutorial system is that students receive direct feedback on their weekly essays or work in a small discussion setting. Student tutorials are generally more academically challenging and rigorous than standard lecture and test format courses, because during each session students are expected to orally communicate, defend, analyze, and critique the ideas of others as well as their own in conversations with the tutor and fellow students. As a pedagogic model, the tutorial system has great value because it creates learning and assessment opportunities which are highly authentic.”  Palfreyman, D. (2008) “The Oxford Tutorial”