Teaching Literature in English

Course Code :2023FLWTLE
Study domain:Literature
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Bart Eeckhout
Luc Herman
Vanessa Joosen
Pim Verhulst
Olga Beloborodova
Laura Michiels
Emma-Louise Silva

3. Course contents *

In this course, students combine their knowledge of English or American literature and culture with the teaching skills they acquire as part of the Edumaster. In the first part, we will explore how literature in English can be embedded into the curriculum of secondary schools, by focussing on topics such as the literary canon, literary movements, historical and cultural contexts, narrative analysis, writing, interpretation, meaning and value. The second part will continue with a series of seminars on a broad range of literary genres (stories, novels, poetry, theatre, radio drama, television and film adaptations), using case studies of specific works to illustrate how they might be used didactically in a classroom context. Each major genre will be covered in an introductory session, followed by a more practical seminar for which students will be asked to design a class, with an assignment, on one or more literary works of their choice, in the form of a presentation. As a result, by the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of class topics they can immediately use in their later teaching careers. In order to ensure a variety of perspectives and approaches, the different components will be taught by instructors of literature courses in the English programme (BA and MA) at the University of Antwerp, supplemented with guest lectures or seminars by specialists working in the educational and artistic fields.