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English for Primary school teachers
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Period for course registration: 26 October - 8 November
Please make sure you click all the links and read all the information in this welcome letter carefully.
You will study three modules in total within this course.
Basic language structure 3.5 credits
Children’s literature 4 credits
English didactics 7.5 credits
Teaching will start in Basic Language Structure and English Didactics week 46. These modules will be taught in parallel weeks 46-49. Basic Language Structure ends week 49. English Didactics will then continue and be taught in parallel with Children’s Literature weeks 50-02. Your schedule can be found in the timetable service Kronox no later than four weeks before the course starts. Please note that the campus and distance courses have different schedules.
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' texts and presentations”. 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. Each module has at least three obligatory seminars. There is also a written exam and an obligatory on-campus seminar presentation in January. Date and time for the exam and the on-campus meeting will be posted on Canvas. Study guides for the different modules, including timetables with reading instructions, will also be posted on Canvas in good time before the course starts.
Since this is a full-time course, 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.
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, make sure you order the course literature for all modules in good time before the course starts. You will not be able to access the course page on Canvas until two weeks before the course starts but the literature list can be found in the course plan which is part of this welcome letter. In the Children’s Literature module there are many children’s books on the list and it might seem redundant to read all of them, but since it is necessary to read a large variety of books to see patterns and make well-grounded choices, we strongly recommend that you read as many as possible. However, you are allowed to replace a few titles with children’s books of your own choice. Use public libraries or share books to keep the cost down, but do not be afraid to invest in a few or several titles yourself. This is a way of starting your own collection of picturebooks that you can use in your future language classroom. Please note that Lundberg’s De första årens engelska and Sandström’s Kidworthy Works are not children’s books but required reading material in the module. All books in Basic Language Structure and English Didactics are required reading material.
You will be automatically registered on Canvas when you register on the course. This is our main channel for communication and 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. Therefore, check the course Canvas page regularly.
The syllabus (kursplan) is a legally binding document for teachers and students alike. Students should therefore refrain from requesting instructors to change the course content or shorten the reading list, for example. There is a separate link in the welcome letter to the course plan.
From the autumn semester 2020, Canvas will replace the University's current learning management system Blackboard. You will automatically be enrolled on the course in Canvas once you have registered for your course in Ladok. Please note that it can take up to 60 minutes for the systems to synchronise but after that you will be able to see your course in Canvas.
Cheating and plagiarizing are serious academic offences, 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 disclaimer posted on Canvas carefully before the beginning of the course; print it, sign it, make a copy/take a picture, and upload it to Canvas.
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 fail to register you will only be able to sit your exam if there is a n empty place in the exam hall.
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.
After your course has finished you will be sent a we-based course evaluation questionnaire via e-mail. Your participation in the course evaluation is very valuable to us and you comments will help improve and develop the course further. All students registered on the course will receive a report of the course evaluation with all comments compiled.
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