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English for Upper Secondary Teachers
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Period for course registration: August 26th - September 1st
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.
Our first meeting, for registration and introduction, will be held on 2 September, at 16:00. We will be meeting on-line in an application called Zoom. You can find information about how to use this application on the college homepage. Further information will be posted on Blackboard before the meeting. Students must attend this first meeting on 2 September to be registered for the course.
The Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition module will be held on Thursdays, from 14:00 to 16:00 starting 5 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:
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 first meeting of the Literature module, you should have read the novel Crome Yellow, as well as the section on Marxism in Barry, before this meeting, and come to class prepared to discuss Huxley's novel, and Marxism. This meeting will be taking place on-line on 2 September at 16:00 in the application Zoom.
Kindly keep in mind that you are required to attend all of the on-line meetings, which for the literature module will be nine 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:
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:
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.
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 Blackboard, and you do not need to download any special software. Please note that you need to have a headset, a microphone and a webcam to be able to fully participate in our Zoom sessions. If you wish to learn more about Zoom and test your equipment, check this info page out: https://www.hig.se/Ext/En/University-of-Gavle/Library/Learning-Center/Web-meetings-with-Zoom.html
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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.
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.
All the meetings for this course are online, in "digital classrooms" via the web conferencing system Zoom. Access to the digital classrooms will be provided through links posted in the course site on Blackboard. 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. You will find a user guide to Zoom and information about the software at https://www.hig.se/Ext/En/University-of-Gavle/Library/Learning-Center/Web-meetings-with-Zoom.html
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.
Professor Marko Modiano
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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