Period for course registration in Ladok: 2 January – 15 January.
|Course and application code|
ENG019 22500 (fristående kurs)
|Study period and pace|
This course is a half-time course given between weeks 03-02
|Syllabus and reading list|
|Questions about registration and admission|
Welcome to English 1-30, 50%!
Your full commitment to studying this course is crucial. If you have registered but changed your mind about studying this course, you should immediately inform our administrator, Monika Karlsson (email@example.com), that you wish to be removed from the course list; there are applicants on the reserve list who could be admitted to the course within the first two weeks of the spring semester (weeks 3 and 4). If you continue to be registered with the course without being an active student, that is, without attending classes and submitting assignments and other types of work to Canvas, everybody loses, but especially those applicants on the reserve list who might have had a chance to be admitted to the course.
The spring term starts with a mandatory roll call for all students. This takes place on Zoom, Tuesday January 17, 13.30-14.00, right before our first mandatory seminar in the Culture, Ethnicity and Identity module. Here is the link to the meeting: https://hig-se.zoom.us/j/438625824. Make sure you have your microphones and webcams ready. If you cannot attend but are committed to studying this course, you must contact the course coordinator via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the meeting takes place.
Students attending courses in English at the University of Gävle are required to attend class in order to receive a passing grade. You will have scheduled online meetings once a week, every week (see “Course timetable”). 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. Failure to participate in seminars will also make it impossible to attain some of the course objectives. For these reasons, we require attendance, with only minor exceptions, to pass the course.
This spring semester, you will be studying three modules as follows: “Culture, Ethnicity and Identity” (weeks 3-8), “Contemporary Literature” (weeks 9-18) and “World English” (weeks 19-22). In the fall semester, you will study “Language Structure” and “Written Communication”. 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.
Language Structure ends with a written exam on the HiG campus or at any authorized exam location, but all modules feature compulsory written and oral assignments (examinerande uppgifter) throughout their respective periods. Each module has its own structure and policy with respect to the forms of teaching, but all modules include student participation in their assessment procedures. More information about the content and assessment procedures for individual modules will be published by the instructors on the course site in 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. Therefore, it is important that you order all the course books indicated in the Reading list in good time before the course starts. Please note that you must make sure you open the latest version (see links at the top of the list). It is vital that you have a copy of the course literature for Culture, Ethnicity and Identity, John McLeod’s Beginning Postcolonialism (2010), before the course starts. In Contemporary Literature Heart of Darkness will not be read, but all other novels on the list must be ordered. The course literature for World English, Marko Modiano's Teaching English in a European and Global Perspective, is available as a free ebook at the university library. The “reference literature” is not obligatory.
Please make sure you read the university guidelines for distance studies before the course starts: https://hig.se/Ext/Sv/Student/Dina-studier/Sa-funkar-undervisning-pa-distans.html.
It is important that you register in Canvas which will be our main channel for communication. This is where you will find material about our course such as the time table, 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. Please note that the Canvas calendar is not your class timetable, it only indicates deadlines for Canvas assignments. Use the link to the “Course timetable” to access your class timetable.
We will meet in a virtual classroom using Zoom. The link to each module’s online classroom will be posted on Canvas. To participate in the online meetings, you must make sure you have a well-functioning headset with a microphone instead of the microphone on the computer only, as well as a good camera.
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 material in Swedish or English.
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
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
You need to apply for accommodation yourself. Please remember to do it in good time before your arrival. The University of Gävle does not provide any student accommodation.
Free Microsoft Office
As a student at the University of Gävle you have the opportunity to install Microsoft Office on up to five computers. The Office package includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Onenote.
The library is located in the middle of campus and is open to everybody. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.
- Residence permit
- If you are a non-EU citizen you need to apply for a residence permit. Start the process of applying for a residence permit as soon as possible. This can be a slow process and take several months. It is therefore good to get started as soon as possible!
At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff that can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You will also find a café in this area and TV displays showing current information and the daily timetabling. If you have any study-related questions, you can contact the Student Centre at email@example.com
- Sometimes you need help to manage your studies and student life. At the University of Gävle we have several support functions to help you deal with various study-related situations, such as, for example, study guidance counselling, student health and welfare, and support for disabled students.
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Web meetings with Zoom
- Zoom are a services for web meetings at the University of Gävle. You usually need a webcam and headset with a microphone.
- Web meetings with Zoom
Wireless network (wifi)
Eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) gives you access to the Internet when you are staying on the University campus. It also provides internet access at other universities and colleges that are connected to eduroam. Eduroam also works at many airports, railway stations and hotels.