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English 61-90 cr.
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Period for course registration: 26 aug. - 1 sept.
Our first meeting, for registration and introduction, will be held on 2 September, at 10:00 (room to be announced on Blackboard). You must come to this meeting to be registered for the course.
This course is our 61 to 90 cr. Course in the English Studies Section. The first ten weeks of the semester you will study two modules, “Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition” and “Literature and Literary Theory”. You will be writing your C-essay during the second ten weeks of the term
The Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition module will be held on Mondays, from 10:00 to 12:00 starting 2 September (room numbers to be announced). The first 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.
If you are having a hard time finding the textbooks from booksellers in Sweden, they are available from Amazon UK and you should expect them to take around 2-3 weeks to arrive, so order your textbooks in good time!
For the Literature module, students should have read the novel Crome Yellow, as well as the section on Marxism in Barry, before the meeting, and come to class prepared to discuss Huxley's novel, and Marxism. This first meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 September at 10:15, in room 31:329. All of the Literature module meetings will be on Wednesdays starting at 10:15.
Kindly keep in mind that students are required to attend all of the meetings, which for the literature module will be 9 meetings.
More detailed information about the course schedule will be posted in August on Blackboard. However, the dates and times of our meetings for the Literature module will be the following:
Lecture: Wednesday 4 September 10:30 to 12:00, 31:329
Lecture: Wednesday 11 September 10:30 to 12:00, 31:329
Lecture: Wednesday 18 September 10:30 to 12:00, 31.329
Lecture: Wednesday 25 September 10:30 to 12:00, 31
Lecture: Wednesday 2 September 10:30 to 12:00
Lecture: Wednesday 9 October 10:30 to 12:00
Lecture: Wednesday 16 October 10:30 to 12:00
Lecture: Wednesday 23 October 10:30 to 12:00
Lecture: Wednesday 30 October 10:30 to 12:00
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 an historical and theoretical perspective. These texts are:
Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley, Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, and 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 essays should be between 1000 and 1200 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 reference book (Barry) and all your other course books in good time.
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.
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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.
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 attached disclaimer carefully before the beginning of the course; print it, sign it, make a copy/take a picture, and upload it to Blackboard.
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