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MGL1035_1

English 2: English language, literature and culture (1.-7.)

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.


This course covers topics such as English academic writing and English literature with relevant cultural topics from English-speaking countries. The aim of the course is two-fold: firstly, it aims to introduce students to a variety of English literary texts and the literary, cultural and historical frameworks they emerge from; secondly, it aims to provide students with principles and practical activities for working creatively with literature in the English classroom.

Learning outcome

Knowledge
At the end of the course the students will have knowledge of:
  • Academic writing in English
  • Characteristics of children's and young adult literature
  • Literary, historical and cultural frameworks that English literary texts emerge from
  • How literary texts and other cultural artefacts can be used to promote language learning, cultural insight and intercultural competence
  • Creative approaches, both traditional and digital, to teaching language, literature and culture of English-speaking countries in a manner that encourages in-depth learning and critical reflection

Skills
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Express themselves in writing in an academic manner
  • Identify the characteristics of various types of literature
  • Analyse and understand English literary texts and account for the literary, historical and cultural frameworks they emerge from
  • Express themselves on language, literature and culture in a correct, varied and precise manner both in speech and in writing
  • Select and adapt literary texts for the English-language classroom and teach them in a varied, creative and inspiring manner that promotes language learning, cultural insight and intercultural competence

General competencies
At the end of the course students can:
  • Express themselves in a correct, varied and precise English, both oral and written, about matters concerning English literature, society and culture
  • Apply their knowledge to teaching English as a foreign language in a varied, creative and inspiring manner that promotes language learning, cultural insight and intercultural competence through in-depth learning and critical reflection.

Contents

The course will introduce students to a variety of English literary texts and cultural artefacts and the literary, historical and cultural frameworks they emerge from. Topics covered include indigenous peoples and migrant literature, graphic novels and multimodal texts, traditional stories and fairy tales, and poetry in the English classroom. Emphasis will be placed on the development of students' cultural insight and intercultural competence and how these can be addressed in the English language classroom through the use of literature and other cultural artefacts. Students will gain knowledge of creative approaches, including process drama and digital media, to using literature and other cultural artefacts in the English classroom to promote language learning, cultural insight and intercultural competence through in-depth learning and reflection. Throughout the semester, students will work on an in-depth research paper of their choosing from a selection of novels and topics provided at the semester start.

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
  • GLU1032 English 1; English Linguistics for Teachers for grades 1.-7., GLU1033 English 1; Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (1-7)
  • MGL1032 English Linguistics for Teachers for grades 1.-7., MGL1033 English 1 - Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (1-7)

The student should have taken English 1 or a similar course from another tertiary establishment in order to be accepted onto the English 2 courses.

Students should have reached the CEFR B2 level in English in writing and the CEFR C1 level in listening, speaking and reading, or equivalent.

Exam

Written research paper and oral exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written research paper6/10 A - F
Oral exam4/10 A - FPower-point, overhead slides etc.
Research paper: 3500 to 4000 words
Oral exam: 15 min oral presentation and up to 15 min question & answer session.
All parts must be passed to get a final grade.

Coursework requirements

Two written assignments, Attendance
1. Two obligatory written assignments (1000-1500 words) need to be approved in order to take the final exam.
2. A minimum of 70% attendance will be required for qualification. Students may be asked to cover any topics missed by completing additional coursework requirements.
Students who have one or more assignments not approved at first submission, will be given one more submission opportunity in a new and improved version.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Silje Henriette Amalia Normand
Course teacher
Deborah Lynn Sorton Larssen
Programme coordinator
Hanne Elise Pollack , Kjersti Gjedrem
Placement coordinator
Kitty Marie Garborg

Method of work

This course will utilise a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. The aim of this course is to give all students a basic grounding in English language (academic writing) and literature with relevant cultural topics from English-speaking countries. Much of this content is not age specific and for that reason many topics will be presented to both groups at the same lecture/seminar/workshop. However, age specific literature will be presented, contextualised and discussed at a deeper level in separate GLU 1-7 and GLU 5-10 groups.
Suggested division of work:
  • Lectures/seminars & preparation for lectures/seminars: 105hrs + 210hrs = 315hrs
  • Written assignments: 65hrs
  • Oral presentation: 30 minutes + preparation time from self-study hours
  • Self-study: 40hrs
  • Total: 420hrs

Open to

Grunnskolelærer for trinn 1-7, master.

Course assessment

Student evaluation of all courses plays a central role in the quality assurance system at UiS. At IGIS this takes place in two ways: through student evaluation at the beginning and at the end of the course. The Faculty of Arts and Education has responsibility for this and has designed evaluation tools for the purpose.

Literature

MGL1035 Updated Reading list 2019-2020
Literature

Changes may occur. The final list will be provided by June 1, 2019. Do not buy books before this date without first consulting the course instructor.

Textbooks:
Birketveit, A. & Williams, G. Eds. 2013. Literature in the English Classroom. Theory into Practice. Fagbokforlaget.
Fenner, A.-B. & Skulstad, A. S. Eds. 2018. Teaching English in the 21st Century. Fagbokforlaget.
Wiland, Signe Mari. 2016. Reading and teaching English literature. Cappelen Damm.

Literature:
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Andersen Press. 2014
Choi, Yangsook. The Name Jar. Dragonfly books.
Gaiman, Neil, and Craig Russel. Coraline: The Graphic Novel. Harper Collins Publishers. 2008.
Green, John, Hippopotamister
Haddon, M. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Vintage.
Haig, Matt, The Truth Pixie.
Kibuishi, Kazu, The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)
Lowry, Lois. The Giver.
Palacio, R. J. Wonder. 2012. Penguin.
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. 1995. Puffin Books.
Pullman, Philip, I was a rat. 2002. Yearling.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. 2001.
Tan, Shaun, The Arrival

One novel from a list provided at semester start.

Additional reading material (such as research articles, fairy tales, poetry and short stories) will be provided in a compendium.


This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 15.09.2019

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