This course is a full-time course given between weeks 35-02.
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English for Upper-Secondary School Teachers 1-30
Faculty och Education and Business Studies
In order to register on your course, you first need to create a user account. Read more about how to activate your user account in our guide, "Five steps to get started".
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.
Period for course registration: August 16th - August 29th
You will study five modules in total within this course.
0010 Language Structure 7.5 hp
0020 Written Communication 5 hp
0030 Contemporary Literature in English 7 hp
0040 Language Didactics 7.5 hp
0050 World English 3 hp
These are called modules for administrative purposes, but, since they cover quite different areas, are taught by different lecturers, and are assigned a number of credits each, they enjoy a certain degree of autonomy, which justifies referring to them as “courses”, in everyday speech. Please note that the modules are not taught in the order above. The term schedule will be available on Canvas two weeks before the course starts.
Language Structure ends with a written exam on the HiG campus or at any authorized exam location, but, consistent with the principles of continuous assessment, all of the five modules feature compulsory written and oral assignments (examinerande uppgifter) throughout their respective periods. More information about the content and assessment procedures for individual modules will be published by the instructors on the course site on Canvas.
To participate fully in this course, it is important that you prepare well for the seminars by reading instructed parts of the course literature. You should be able to discuss particular models and issues brought up in the literature rather than topics in general. Therefore, it is important that you get hold of the literature well in time for the relevant sessions.
You should order all your course books in good time. A good idea is to get hold of the books indicated in the syllabus (kursplan) during the summer vacation. You will find the syllabus by opening the first section of the welcome letter. Only a selection of all the titles included in the bibliography for the module “Contemporary Literature in English” will be studied this term. There are three novels: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and two books on literature teaching methodology: Literature in the Language Classroom by Joanne Collie and Stephen Slater and Teaching Literature to Adolescents by Richard Beach et al. During the module, the instructor will select one book of young adult literature based on the students’ proposals. In order to reduce your workload during the second period of this term, it is strongly recommended that you start reading the novels before the module starts.
Since the course runs at 100%, you must be prepared to allocate 40 hours of study per week, including class attendance, reading and writing assignments. Studying for 30 credits in one term is like a full-time job.
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 English, and this can only take place if students meet their teachers and actively participate in the instruction. Furthermore, most modules feature live, face-to-face, group work in order to accommodate the general course objective that “students should be able to compare and critically evaluate one’s own and others' work”. Failure to participate in such activities will therefore make it impossible to attain a course objective. For these reasons, we require attendance, with only minor exceptions. To take exams and pass the course, students must attend all obligatory seminars.
It is important that you register for the course as soon as registration opens. This will give you access to our course page in Canvas, which will be our main channel for communication. This is where you will find material about our course such as the timetable, instructions, assignments, etc. This is also where the different instructors will post general announcements concerning the course and the individual sessions. Your instructors will use the email client to send individual messages when necessary. Therefore, check the Canvas page and your email regularly.
We will meet in a virtual classroom using Zoom. Information on how to access this classroom will be posted in Canvas. For us all to be able to benefit from a good quality of reception it is recommended that you use broadband and not a wireless connection. It is also important that you use a good headset with a microphone instead of the microphone on the computer only. A good camera is also essential for communicative purposes. Unfortunately, iPads and iPhones do not work sufficiently for this activity.
If you need support with any technical issues concerning Canvas or Zoom, contact the support service through the university website (www.hig.se). Go to Student/Stöd, support och service/It-stöd och support.
Cheating and plagiarizing are serious academic offenses, which result in failing the module in question and being reported to the college’s disciplinary commission. To learn about plagiarism and get basic information on how to avoid it, please read the attached disclaimer carefully before the beginning of the course. You will find it as an assignment in Canvas, too. You must download it, sign it electronically, and upload it to Canvas by the indicated due date.
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.