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Faculty of Arts,

Class: M.A / Applied Linguistics

English Department.

Elective Course


------------- Semester
Course Outline
Teaching Literature

1-Course Description:

Teaching literature is a course which is mainly designed to meet the academic, the cultural
and the pedagogical needs of the graduate students enrolled in the Master Degree of our new
Master Program, Applied Linguistics and Translation/ Applied Ling. track. The rationale
behind the course is to acquaint the students with the various methods of and approaches to
teaching literature. Hence, these students will be trained on putting these methods and
approaches into practice. Accordingly, the main focus of the course will be on the newly
emergent dialectics of teaching literature, and pedagogical justification of each approach or
method of teaching. In addition the course will concentrate on the intersection between
Critical Theory and pedagogy; the students will be trained on how to teach certain literary
texts in accordance with the methodology of a certain critical theory or approach of reading.
2- Course Knowledge, Skill, and Value Objectives:

A- To acquaint the students with the different approaches to teaching literature

B- To help the candidates enrich their teaching repertoire and make them acquire a
teaching persona.
C- To help the candidates acquire an insight into certain literary texts and, in
effect, develop an ability of making these texts teachable.
D- To equip the students with enough background which will enable them to be the
Guardians of our religion, culture and values.
E. To enhance the students ' scholarly skills by being involved in critical writing,
presentation and research paper.
F. To train the students on how to teach any given literary text via various
pedagogical and critical methods and approaches.
G- To encourage team work spirit and action research through observation.
I - To reinforce the students. skills of virtual interaction.
3- Expected Outputs:

A- At the end of the course, the students are expected to easily recognize and then
put into practice various methods of and approaches of teaching literature
B- The students are expected to have acquired certain practical skills of
transforming literary texts into teachable material.

C-The students will have acquired the skill of adapting literary texts in a way that
fits with our cultural and religious values.
D- The students will have developed their sholary skills of critiquing certain
methods and approaches of teaching English literature.
E- Skills of discussion and communication via Moodle. Will have been handled
F. At the end of the course, the students will have developed a critique whereby they
can rationalize any teaching practice of any given literary text.
G. By the end of the course, the candidates will have reinforced the skills of learning
through observation, action, research and virtual interaction.
4- Course Topics
Week one:

Setting the scene

General introduction
Course culture,
Assignments and evaluation.
Goals for teaching literature
Planning to teach Literature

Week Two:

What is literature? The way we studied Literature.

Week Three

Why Literature? Literature and Experience. (Teaching Literature. P.1-30)

Week Four:

The State of Letters

Local Canons: Professing Literature at the Small Liberal Art college

Week Five:

The Process of exploration
Seeing teaching differently through observation The Ethics of Teaching Literature.
Are We Creating Ethical Illiterates?

Week Six:

Approaches to texts
Cultivating a Teaching Persona

Week Seven

Language based approaches

Hearts and Hands: a case study\

Week Eight:

Activities for the advanced classes

Week Nine:

The literature Curriculum

Week Ten:

Literary theory and the Undergraduate Curriculum

Theories of reading

Week Eleven:

Teaching Literature in the Post- Structuralist Era: A Class Teacher's Agenda

Teaching Deconstruction: Theory and Practice in the Undergraduate Literature

Week Twelve:

Professor, Why are you wasting our time?

Teaching Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Week Thirteen:

Combining Personal and Textual Experience: A Reader-Response Approach to

Teaching American Literature

Week Fourteen:
Reading Deconstructively in the Two_ Year college Introductory Literature
Ranking, Evaluating, an Liking: Sorting out Three Forms of Judgment

5- Methods of Teaching

- Lecturing, Seminars,
- Group presentation and discussions.
-Weekly Response on Moodle.
6- Teaching Aids:

Board, Computer, Lcd.

7- Assessment:

10 Marks
10 Marks
10 Marks
10 Marks
10 Marks
25 Marks

One papers (10-12 pages )

Attendance and participation
Short Presentation
Weekly response
Portfolio (Observation, Reporting, Lesson Plan, and teaching and
videotaping a class)

* The deadline for the final paper is the first day of week 10th.
* Submission of the Portfolio week 14.

8- Books:

BEACH, Richard, et al. Teaching literature to adolescents. Routledge, 2013.

Carter, R. A. & Michael N. Long. Teaching Literature. Essex: Longman, 19991.
Articles on Reserve Desk.

9- References:



Amer, Aly Anwar. "Teaching Efl/Esl literature." The Reading Matrix 3.2 (2003).
Brumfit, Christopher J. Teaching Literature Overseas. Language-Based
Approaches. ELT Documents 115..
Cahalan, M. & David Downing, eds. Practicing Theory in Introductory College
Carter, Ronald, and Michael McCarthy. Vocabulary and language teaching.
Routledge, 2014. Courses .Illinois, Urbana: National Council of Teachers of
English, 1991.
Johns, Ann M., ed. Genre in the classroom: Multiple perspectives. Routledge,
Mujica, Barbara. "Teaching literature: Canon, controversy, and the literary
anthology." Hispania (1997): 203-215.
Van, Truong Thi My. "The Relevance of Literary Analysis to Teaching
Literature in the EFL Classroom." English Teaching Forum. Vol. 47. No. 3. US
Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of
English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington,
DC 20037, 2009.
Pergamon Press Inc., Maxwell House, Fairview Park, Elmsford, NY 10523., 1983
Savvidou, Christine. "An integrated approach to teaching literature in the EFL
classroom." The Internet TESL Journal 10.12 (2004): 1-6.

Good Luck!