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English for Upper-Secondary Teachers 1-30
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
Telephone: 026-648500 (växel)
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Period for course registration: 17 aug. - 30 aug.
Welcome to English for Upper-Secondary Teachers!
My name is Henrik Kaatari and I will be your course coordinator. Please contact me if you have any questions about the course (email@example.com).
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 “Language Didactics” 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 “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 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.
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. There are three novels: 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 and two books on literature teaching methodology: Literature in the Language Classroom by Joanne Collie and Stephen Slater and Teaching Literature to Adolescents, Third Edition, (2016) by Richard Beach et al. During the module, the instructor will select one book of young adult literature based on the students’ proposals. In order to reduce your workload during the second period of this term, it is strongly recommended 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 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.
Secondly, we will meet in a virtual classroom using Zoom. Information on how to access this classroom will be posted in Canvas. 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 Canvas or Zoom, contact the support service through the university website (www.hig.se). Go to Student/Stöd, support och service/It-stöd och support.
From the autumn semester 2020, Canvas will replace the University's current learning management system Blackboard. You will automatically be enrolled on the course in Canvas once you have registered for your course in Ladok. Please note that it can take up to 60 minutes for the systems to synchronise but after that you will be able to see your course in Canvas.
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 Canvas.
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 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.
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