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Welcome to the course Ämnesdidaktiska studier i engelska / English studies with a Didactic Focus 91-120 cr.

On this page you will find information about your course, course registration and more. Here you will also find your course syllabus and the course timetable.

Register on your course!

Period for course registration in Ladok: 14–27 August.

If you do not register on time, you will lose your place on the course. Please contact your course administrator before the end of the registration period if you are experiencing problems with course registration.

If you are conditionally admitted you are not able to register on the course yourself.

Course information

Course information
Course and application code


Study period and pace

This course is given between weeks 35-22,

2 terminer 50 % (distance)

Syllabus and reading list


Reading list


Find your timetable

Course co-ordinator

Kavita Thomas


026-64 84 32

Questions about registration and admission


This 30 credit magister level course consists of 4 separate modules:

Diversity in English Language Teaching and Learning
Oral and Written Proficiency in Teaching
English Literature Didactics
Didactic Perspectives on the Analysis of Pupils’ and Upper-Secondary School Students’ Texts

During the Fall Term, students will study Oral and Written Proficiency in Teaching and Didactic Perspectives on the Analysis of Pupils’ and Upper-Secondary School Students’ Texts in parallel, starting in week 35 with Oral and Written Proficiency, followed in week 36 with the Analysis module, alternating until the last meeting of the term in week 50 with final assignments due in early January. There will be 8 seminars each for these two modules and all seminars meet online on Fridays from 13-15. Attendance and active participation at seminars is mandatory.

Oral and Written Proficiency
In the Oral and Written Proficiency in Teaching module you are given specialised knowledge in oral and written language skills in different genres with a focus on how the comprehensive communicative ability can be developed on the basis of current research. There will be four instructors consisting of two adjuncts Susanne Greés, Jessika Nilsson and two lecturers Henrik Kaatari and Fredrik Svensson. 
The course literature you will need is Hinkel, E. (Ed.) (2016). Teaching English Grammar to Speakers of Other Languages. London: Routledge. pages: 274  
Siegel, J. (Latest Edition). Teaching English in Secondary School: A Handbook of Essentials. Lund: Studentlitteratur. pages: 360 
• Skolverket (Latest Version). Allmänna råd om betyg och betygssättning.
• Skolverket (Latest Version). Kommentarmaterial.
• Skolverket (Latest Version). Läroplaner och kursplaner i ämnet engelska.

A selection of research articles (no more than 200 pages). 

Didactic Perspectives on the Analysis of Pupils’ and Upper-Secondary School Students’ Texts
In this module, you will learn about the analysis, assessment and teaching of language structure and lexis (vocabulary), including discussion of relevant didactic methods focusing on these aspects of learner texts and analysis and assessment of actual learner texts. The two coordinating lecturers are Kavita Thomas and Henrik Kaatari.
The course literature you will need is all available as e-books at the University of Gävle library. The textbooks we will use are:
Gass, S., J. Behney & L. Plonsky (Latest Edition). Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course. New York: Routledge. A selection of sections (not more than 200 pages).
Long, M. & C. Doughty (Red.) (2009). The Handbook of Language Teaching. Malden, MA: Blackwell. A selection of sections (not more than 150 pages).
Doughty, C. & M. Long (Red.) (2005). The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. Malden, MA: Blackwell. A selection of sections (not more than 300 pages).
Gass, S. & A. Mackey (Red.) (2012). The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. New York: Routledge. A selection of sections (not more than 150 pages).
A selection of scientific articles (not more than 200 pages), all of which will be made available online.

During the Spring Term, students will study Diversity in English Language Teaching and Learning and English Literature Didactics in parallel during alternating weeks over the course of the term. Again, all seminars meet online on Fridays from 13-15 and attendance and active participation at seminars is mandatory.

On Canvas, you will find specific information, such as detailed course descriptions, class timetable, teaching materials, course requirements, discussion forums, and assignments. A great part of your work will be carried out via Canvas, too. It is therefore essential that you register, which will enroll you in the course on Canvas before the semester starts. Course registration opens two weeks before course start, in week 33. See the link to register at the start of this welcome information. Once the module has started, you should check the course site on Canvas on a daily basis. Important information will be posted by your instructors on the first page of the course site (as “Announcements”).
All the meetings for this course are online, in “digital classrooms” via the web conferencing system Zoom. Access to the digital classrooms will be provided through links posted in the course site on Canvas. Please note that you need to have a headset, a microphone and a webcam so as to be able to fully participate in our Zoom sessions. You will find a user guide to Zoom and information about the software at .https://www.hig.se/Ext/En/University-of-Gavle/Library/Learning-Center/Web-meetings-with-Zoom.html

First class meetings
Your first meeting will be in the Oral and Written Proficiency module and will be on Friday, September 1, from 13–15, online via Zoom. On Friday September 8 13-15 the Didactic Perspectives on the Analysis of Pupils’ and Upper-Secondary School Students’ Texts module will meet for the first time online on Zoom. Zoom links can be found on Canvas in the individual module folders.

Bear in mind that this is a 50% course and you should expect to put in about 20 hours a week on the course. Please contact the course coordinator with questions on the course itself. You will find answers to your questions on the individual modules on the Canvas course site.

Cheating and plagiarizing are serious academic offences, which result in failing the module in question and being reported to the university’s disciplinary board. To learn about plagiarism and get basic information on how to avoid it, please read this information: https://hig.se/Ext/Sv/Biblioteket/Skriva-och-publicera/Plagiering.html

You will also be asked to take a plagiarism test on Canvas before you can access any of the course material.

The course is given by the Faculty of Education and Business Studies.

Written exams

Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via Ladok. You need to register at least ten days before the exam date. If you didn't register in time, you can not take your exam. No exceptions are made from this rule, we do not accept registrations when the deadline is passed.

If you are a distance study student and want to take your exam off-campus, you need to apply to do so at least three weeks prior to the exam date.

Service and Support


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Student Centre

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Tuition fees

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Web meetings with Zoom

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  • Web meetings with Zoom

Wireless network (wifi)

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Publicerad av: Liselotte Laurila Sidansvarig: Maria Strand Sidan uppdaterades: 2023-08-02
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