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English for Upper-Secondary Teachers 1-30
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Welcome to English for Upper-Secondary Teachers!
This course is full time between weeks 36-03. I, Susanne Greés, am your course coordinator. Contact me via e-mail at email@example.com if you have any questions about this course.
You will study five modules in total within this course.
0010 Language Structure 7.5 hp
0020 Written Communication 5 hp
0030 Contemporary Literature in English 7 hp
0040 Language Didactics 7.5 hp
0050 World English 3 hp.
The five modules will be taught as follows: “Language Structure” will be taught throughout the first part of the term (weeks 36-45 or period 1) and “Written Communication” will be taught in parallel, from week 36 to week 43; then “World English” runs for three weeks (44-46).
In the second half of the term (weeks 46-03), you will study “Contemporary Literature in English” and “Language Didactics”. 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 and Language Didactics end with written exams on the HiG campus or at any authorized exam location, but, consistent with the principles of continuous assessment, all of the five modules feature compulsory written assignments (examinerande uppgifter) throughout their respective periods. More information about the content and assessment procedures for individual modules will be published by the instructors on the course site on Blackboard.
The on campus meetings will be on the 15th and 16th of January 2019.
You should order all your course books in good time. A good idea is to get hold of the books indicated in the syllabus (kursplan) during the summer vacation. Only a selection of all the titles included in the bibliography for the module “Contemporary Literature in English” will be studied this term. Those texts are: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. For didactic purposes, one literary work for young adults will be selected by students together with the instructor. As reference, we will read a selection of chapters from Literature in the Language Classroom by Joanne Collie and Stephen Slater and Teaching Literature to Adolescents by Richard Beach et al. In order to reduce your workload during the second period of this term, I strongly recommend that you start reading the novels before the module starts.
Since the course runs at 100%, 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.
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. To take exams and pass the course, students must attend all obligatory seminars. There will be a minimum of eight seminars in each 7 p or 7.5 p module (0010, 0030 and 0040), a minimum of five seminars in module 0020 and a minimum of three seminars in module 0050. There are also written exams and an obligatory on-campus seminar presentation. Date and time for these examinations will be posted on Blackboard.
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, it is important that you get hold of the literature well in time for the relevant sessions.
It is important that you register on Blackboard 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 course Blackboard page and your email regularly.
Secondly, we will meet in a virtual classroom. Information on how to access this classroom will be posted on Blackboard. For us all to be able to benefit from a good quality of reception it is recommended that you use broadband and not a wireless connection. It is also important that you use a good headset with a microphone instead of the microphone on the computer only. A good camera is also essential for communicative purposes. Unfortunately, iPads and iPhones do not work sufficiently for this activity.
If you need support with any technical issues concerning Blackboard or our virtual classroom, contact the support service through the university website (www.hig.se). Go to Student/Stöd, support och service/It-stöd och support.
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 Blackboard carefully before the beginning of the course; print it, sign it, make a copy/take a picture, and upload it to Blackboard.
Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via the Student Portal (click on the link under "My studies"). 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.
Course syllabus and reading list
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The Student Centre
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