Period for course registration in Ladok 1–14 January.
|Course and application code
|Study period and pace
This course is given between weeks 03-03*
*4 semesters 25 % (distance)
|Syllabus and reading list
|Questions about registration and admission
This 30-credit advanced-level course consists of four modules of 7.5 credits each: English Literature Didactics, Oral and Written Proficiency in Teaching, Diversity in English Language Teaching and Learning, and Didactic Perspectives on the Analysis of Pupils’ and Upper-Secondary School Students’ Texts.
The first module will be studied in the spring and the following ones in the upcoming three terms (autumn 2024, spring 2025, and autumn 2025). This is a 25% course, and you should expect to put in about 10 hours a week on the course.
English Literature Didactics
This course provides teachers with in-depth knowledge of literary studies in English with an emphasis on learning and teaching literature in secondary and upper secondary schools. Concepts such as the multicultural classroom, globalization, democracy, criticality, and critical thinking are discussed in connection with film as well as youth and adult literary texts from different genres (fiction, drama, poetry) and time periods. We will also read texts that reflect both the Swedish and the international state of research in English literature didactics.
There are three instructors in this module: Fredrik Svensson, Jessika Nilsson, and Iulian Cananau. Teaching consists of online lectures and seminars. The course starts in week 3 and meets every other week until the last meeting of the term in week 21. There will be nine seminars, and all seminars meet on Zoom on Fridays from 13.00 to 15.00. Attendance and active participation at seminars are mandatory.
As mentioned in the syllabus (kursplan), a selection of the titles in the course bibliography will be studied, following the instructors’ specifications. Please find these books in the list below. A good idea is to order or otherwise get hold of these books as soon as possible:
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah.
Evaristo, Bernardine. Girl, Woman, Other.
Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give.
In addition, one movie will be chosen by the participants and the instructor. A selection of poems and a couple of short stories (provided by the instructors) will also be studied.
The primary sources for literature didactics are:
Beach, R., D. Appleman, B. Fecho & R. Simon (Latest Edition). Teaching Literature to Adolescents. New York: Routledge. A selection of chapters (approximately 200 pages).
McCann, Thomas M. & John V. Knapp. Teaching Literature in High School: Principles into Purposeful Practice. Ladham: Rowman & Littlefield.
The following modules will also be studied every other week, with online meetings on Fridays from 13 to 15. More information about the autumn 2024 module will be provided via Canvas during the spring semester.
In Canvas, you will find specific information, such as detailed course descriptions, class schedules, teaching materials, course requirements and assignments. A great part of your work will be carried out via Canvas, too. Once the module has started, you should check the course site on Canvas on a weekly basis. Important information will be posted by your instructors on the course site. If you have questions about the course, contact the course coordinator.
All the meetings for this course are online; most of our classes will take place in "online classrooms" via the web conferencing system Zoom. Access to the digital classrooms will be provided through links posted on 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.
The course is given by the Faculty of Education and Business Studies.
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.
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