|Name of course|
English 61-90 hp
12504 50% distance
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Period for course registration: August 17th - August 30th
This course is our 61 to 90 cr. Course in the English Studies Section. The first ten weeks of the semester you will study “Literature and Literary Theory”. Then you will study “Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition” for the remainder of the term. You will be writing your research essay during the spring semester of 2021.
The Literature module serves as an introduction to some of the most influential developments in critical thinking. Peter Barry’s Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, Fourth Edition (2017) (older editions are also fine) provides helpful starting points regarding the current breadth and complexity of literary and cultural studies. We will read five canonical texts from a cultural and theoretical perspective. These texts are:
Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Beloved by Toni Morrison
These works differ in narrative strategies, thematic emphases, and political orientation. Different critical “schools” will be presented and discussed in the seminars and, as a means of illustration, particular interpretive perspectives will be employed when examining fictional texts during the seminars. There will be five written assignments for the Literature course, one for each book we discuss in class. The schedule will follow the following pattern: first, there will be an introduction lecture on the literary work as well as on theory. At the following meeting, students will have their written assignment with them in class. These papers will be discussed and turned in at that meeting. The essays should be between 1000 and 1500 words, and deal directly with some aspect of the assignment topic posted by the instructors. The purpose of these written tasks is to cultivate skills in critical reflection and academic writing, and to allow instructors to offer feedback on your writing, in order for you to prepare in the best possible way for writing your C-essay. In order to reduce your workload during this term, we strongly recommend that you start reading the literary texts before the beginning of the course. It is also a good idea to order the book by Peter Barry and all your other course books in good time.
The second module presents central concepts in two central areas of applied linguistics: second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. You will learn about and discuss the implications of the central concepts in these fields, exploring how they apply to your own observations. Furthermore, you will explore research involving these concepts and see how linguists study language phenomena in these two fields. In the second language acquisition part, you will learn about different theories of second language acquisition and about factors that can affect learning a foreign language. In the sociolinguistics part of the module you will learn about how social factors like gender and class can affect language and about how language can be used to define and express identity. The required textbooks are:
Wardhaugh, Ronald, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 7th edition, Blackwell, 2015. (Older editions are also fine).
Coates, Jennifer, Women, Men and Language, 3rd ed, Routledge, 2016. (Older editions are also fine).
Mitchell, Rosamond, Myles, Florence and Marsden, Emma, Second Language Learning Theories, 3rd edition, Routledge, 2013. ¨
Gass, Susan M. and Selinker, Larry, Second Language Acquisition, an Introductory Course, 3rd edition, Routledge, 2008. Available as an ebook from the University of Gävle library.
Students attending courses in English at the University of Gävle are required to attend class in order to receive a passing grade. Studying English at our college does not only involve obtaining subject knowledge, but also improving one’s ability to speak and write in English, and this can only take place if students meet their teachers and actively participate in the instruction. Furthermore, the first two modules feature live, face-to-face, student-teacher and student-student interaction, and these live sessions are examination seminars according to the syllabus (kursplan). For these reasons, we require attendance, with only minor exceptions. To take exams and pass the course, students must attend at least seven meetings in each of the two modules, “Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition” and “Literature and Literary Theory”.
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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 in 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
While studying the first two modules, you should think about the kind of research paper you want to write in the last 15-credit module. By the end of the first two modules, your course coordinator should know if you are going to write your paper in literature or in language studies. You will then be assigned an essay advisor who will work with you for the remainder of the course.
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