MGUEN501 English 3, module 1 - Teaching and Learning English

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

The course Teaching and Learning English is offered as one of four specialized modules (including the MA thesis) leading to a Masters level degree in English.

The course Teaching and Learning English addresses research topics currently relevant in the learning and teaching of English as a foreign language.These topics are within the broader fields of language, language learning, culture, literature and their didactics.

The course incorporates analyses of language-related issues and texts of different genres and modalities.

The students gain advanced insight into recent research to enable them to critically engage in current discussions within the field of English teaching and learning, and eventually contribute knowledge to the field.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

On completion of the module, students should have acquired advanced knowledge of:

  • key issues related to language learning and teaching.
  • various literary, textual, and cultural topics and theories 
  • selected topics in EFL didactics, such as basic skills and assessment  

Skills

On completion of the module, students should have acquired the following skills: 

  • the ability to critically analyze different kinds of texts and linguistic data
  • the ability to critically evaluate and use national and international research on language, literature, culture, and didactics 
  • the ability to connect relevant theory to practical application in the EFL classroom

General competence

Students

  • have the ability to critically analyse and reflect on research issues in the field of interest 
  • have the ability to critically evaluate and apply research-based knowledge - communicate about academic issues, analyses, and conclusions in the field, orally and in writing, using terminology in the academic field

Entry requirements

None

Recommended previous knowledge

English 1, and English 2, or equivalents

Teaching methods

Study methods on the module are varied and could include group work, lectures, seminars, student presentations, and/or regular writing seminars. In this course, the learning of English requires interaction with fellow students and instructors. It is expected that students attend all teaching sessions, sharing the responsibility for carrying out learning activities, thus contributing to a fruitful learning environment. Students are also expected to form study groups independently of the activities led by the instructor.

The reading list may be supplemented with material given in the teaching sessions, and such material can also be tested at the exam. The course demands a certain amount of self-study, as the entire reading list cannot be taught in class.

All teaching is given in English. 

Compulsory learning activities

Students are to complete the following mandatory assignment

  • Presentation (e.g. poster presentation) on a given topic within language/literature or the teaching of language/literature.

The mandatory assignment must be completed and approved in order for students to attend the exam.

Students who do not receive a passing grade on the mandatory assignment, will have one (1) opportunity to resubmit in the same semester, within a deadline set by the instructor.

Language: English

Approved assignments are valid for one semester in addition to the semester in which the assignment was approved.

Assessment

Assessment will take the form of an oral examination (based on a selection of pre-assigned topics) including a discussion related to central themes from the module.

Guidelines for the examination will be provided at the beginning of the module.

Grades A to F are used in assessment. 

Examination support material

None

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