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MGBEN201 English 1, module 2 - English language, literature and culture with didactics 2

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

This is module 2 in the course English 1 for grades 1-7 in primary school teacher education (GLU). English 1 consists of the following two modules, each worth 15 credits: English language, literature, and culture with subject didactics, module 1 and module 2.

The subject descriptions for English are based on the National Guidelines for Primary School Teacher Education (2016) and are part of a five-year teacher education program with a master's degree. The subject is open to incoming students.

English 1, module 2, for grades 1-7 provides an introduction to the English language, literature, culture, and subject didactics with a special emphasis on beginner education. This includes knowledge of how the language is structured, and the subject has a comparative focus that emphasizes linguistic differences between English and other languages. On the literature and culture side, this includes knowledge of children's literature and the use of various texts in primary school, as well as the analysis of fiction and non-fiction texts. The development of one's language proficiency and text competence is also central.

The subject covers English teaching for the entire primary and middle school. This includes a focus on basic skills and knowledge of the curriculum, as well as what characterizes students in this age group and their language development in English. Additionally, the subject provides insight into various learning activities and methods for English teaching in primary school.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes:


  • The student has a strong knowledge of the sound system in English, vocabulary, and the grammatical structure of the language, including differences and similarities between English and other languages.
  • Possesses strong knowledge of how children learn language, with a focus on beginner education and the intermediate level.
  • Has knowledge of multilingualism and linguistic and cultural diversity as resources in the classroom.
  • Has knowledge of the current curriculum.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of vocabulary acquisition and structures in English from sound to text level.
  • Has knowledge of lifestyles and cultural expressions in selected English-speaking countries, with an emphasis on literature that promotes intercultural learning and competence.
  • Is familiar with research and development work relevant to the English subject in grades 1-7.


  • The student can analyze literature, argue independently, and select and facilitate work with English-language literature.
  • Can identify and explain key elements in the grammatical structure and sound system of the language.
  • Can use English both orally and in writing, confidently and independently.
  • Can plan and lead varied and differentiated learning activities, including digital ones, promoting deep learning and the development of fundamental skills.
  • Can facilitate tailored instruction.
  • Can use formative assessment to guide students in English learning and provide clear and meaningful feedback.
  • Can orally and in writing discuss a selection of fiction and non-fiction literature.
  • Can gather and present information on societal issues and cultural themes for use in teaching.

General Competence

The student

  • Can convey relevant subject matter and communicate in English in a way that is adapted to students in grades 1-7.
  • Can reflect on personal learning and teaching practices in light of ethical principles and the school's responsibility for the personal growth of children and youth.
  • Can work independently and collaboratively with others to facilitate students' learning and development.
  • Can maintain and develop their own language and didactic competence.
  • Can write simple academic texts.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

MGBEN101 English 1, module 1

or equivalent.

Teaching methods

The course encompasses various strategies for language learning and working with a foreign language, including the use of digital tools.

Methods will include overview lectures combined with discussions of the material, group work (both in pairs and larger groups), individual work, project work, and presentations. Students will gain experience with methods applicable in primary school settings. It is expected that students actively participate in discussions during colloquium meetings and on learning platforms as an extension of the learning situation, in addition to what takes place in the classroom.

All teaching in the subject is conducted in English, and the language practice aspect is central to students' work. Learning in the English study program presupposes collaboration with other students and instructors on key challenges in the subject, the development of oral and written skills, and students' didactic competence. This aspect of a teacher's competence cannot be acquired solely through reading but must be developed in real dialogue and through presence in teaching. Therefore, it is expected that students attend all classes, actively participate, and contribute to taking responsibility for learning activities, thereby helping to develop a strong academic environment. What is conveyed in the teaching may supplement the syllabus and will be considered part of the exam material. Not all parts of the syllabus will be covered, so the study requires a considerable amount of independent work.

The study includes a trip to the Norwegian Study Centre in York. The trip is offered as part of the instruction in this subject but is not mandatory. Therefore, an alternative program will be offered for those who choose not to go. Travel expenses, accommodation, and course fees are covered by each individual student. See https://www.york.ac.uk/nsc/short-courses/

Practice is an integral part of the study.

Compulsory learning activities

  • An obligatory learning activity in literature/culture and/or literature/culture didactics.
  • An obligatory learning activity in a language subject and/or language didactics.
  • Planned teaching using digital tools. Implementation during the internship period and sharing of experiences in seminars.

The semester plan and task descriptions provide more detailed guidelines for the obligatory learning activities. Students are obliged to familiarize themselves with and adhere to the submission deadlines.

Obligatory learning activities must be passed before registration for the exam. Students who do not pass the obligatory learning activities may have one reattempt during the academic year, but a maximum of two attempts per assignment per semester.

Attendance of at least 70% of the classes is required. When the absence exceeds 30%, the student will not have the subject approved, regardless of the reason.


School exam, 6 hours.

Grading scale A-F, where F corresponds to a fail.

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