Welcome to the course English for Upper Secondary Teachers / Engelska för ämneslärare (61-90) 30hp (campus)

On this page you will find information about your course, course registration and more. Here you will also find your course syllabus and the course timetable.

Course information

This course is a full-time given between weeks 36-03
Name of course

English for Upper Secondary Teachers

Course code


Application code

12504 campus


Faculty of Education and Business Studies

Course co-ordinator

Marko Modiano

E-mail: marko.modiano@hig.se

Telephone: 026-648500

Course administration

Monika Karlsson

E-mail: mks@hig.se


Register on your course!

In order to register on your course, you first need to create a user account. Read more about how to activate your user account in our guide, "Five steps to get started".

If you do not register on time, you will lose your place on the course. Please contact your course administrator before the end of the registration period if you are experiencing problems with course registration.

If you are conditionally admitted you are not able to register on the course yourself.

Period for course registration: 27 aug. - 2 sept.

About the course

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course organisation and communication

Course organisation

The first meeting of the course will be in week 36. That first meeting will be in the Linguistics module, and the first meeting of the Literature module will be in week 36. All information on days, times, and link will be posted on Blackboard before the course begins.

It is important that you contact me in week 35 to discuss the schedule and to register for the course. Kindly phone me on Thursday 30 August between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning. My telephone number is 070 5380785.

In 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 for the remainder of the semester. 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 half of the module, you will learn about different theories of second language acquisition and about factors which can affect learning a foreign language. In the sociolinguistics half 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:

(W) Wardhaugh, Ronald, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 6th edition, Blackwell, 2010. (Older editions are also fine.)

(C) Coates, Jennifer, Women, Men and Language, 3rd ed, Pearson Longman, 2004. (Older editions are also fine.)

(G&S) Gass, Susan M. and Selinker, Larry, Second Language Acquisition, an Introductory Course, 3rd edition, Routledge, 2008. (a few selected chapters)

(MMM) 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!

We strongly recommend active participation in the course, which involves attending seminars and participating in discussion response forums as well as reading the literature before seminars so you are well prepared to discuss what you read at seminars. You should expect to spend about 20 hours a week on this module, which is examined through a number of essays and written reports due throughout the module.

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, Third Edition (2009) (older editions are also fine) provides helpful starting points regarding the current breadth and complexity of literary and cultural studies. We will read five canonized 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
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
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 schedule will follow the following pattern: first, there will be an introduction lecture on the literary work as well as on theory. At the following meeting, students will have their written assignment with them in class. These papers will be discussed and turned in at that meeting. 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. Time to prepare for the first meeting has been set aside in week 3, so that when you come to the first meeting of the Literature module, in week 4, you should have read all of Crome Yellow.


On Blackboard, you will find specific information, such as detailed course descriptions, class schedule, teaching materials, course requirements and assignments. A great part of your work will be carried out via Blackboard, too. It is therefore essential that you enroll in the course on Blackboard as soon as you have been assigned a student account (keep in mind that course registration and enrollment in the course on Blackboard are separate things). Follow the instructions under the heading “Five steps to get started”. Once the module has started, you should check the course site on Blackboard on a daily basis. Important information will be posted by your instructors on the first page of the course site (as “Announcements”).
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.

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.


Course evaluation

Course evaluation

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.

General information

Hig.se/student is our student webpage where you can find useful links and information about your studies. Here you will also find a news feed where we publish study-related news.

IT support
You can contact IT support if you encounter any problems with your user account or any other IT related problems. The IT support is open for visits 09.00-15.00 in the Student Centre, building 22, Monday to Friday. You can also contact them by telephone +46 (0)26 64 88 00 or email itsupport@hig.se

The library is located in the middle of the campus and is open to everybody. Welcome to the library to activate your entrance card as a library card. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.

Student support
Sometimes you need help to manage your studies and student life. At the University of Gävle we have several support functions to help you deal with various study-related situations, such as, for example, student health and welfare and support for students with disabilities.

The Student Centre
At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff who can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You can also find a café in this area and a TV displays showing study-related information and the daily timetabling. You can contact the Student Centre by email at studentcentrum@hig.se

Web meetings with Adobe Connect or Zoom
Adobe Connect and Zoom are two services for web meetings at the University of Gävle. You usually need a webcam and headset with a microphone.

Publicerad av: Monika Karlsson Sidansvarig: Maria Strand Sidan uppdaterades: 2018-06-29
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