Teaching GuideTerm
Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  English Literature (16th and 17th Centuries)
Methodologies Description
Guest lecture / keynote speech The teacher will explain aspects of the literature, society, and culture of the times. A general overview. But also aspects of the texts the students must read, often through textual analysis. Some information will be panoramic, some more focused on the compulsory readings. But there will be an introduction to authors and texts the students will not have to read (Marlowe, Donne, Milton, etc).
Workbook Reading the mandatory primary sources at home. Such readings should take place before or during the study of such texts in the classroom.
Seminar A general view of the 16th and 17th centuries is replaced by the analysis of particular texts. The students must have an active participation.
Objective test There will be a written exam all students must take, which is 50 per cent of the final evaluation. It consists of a textual commentary, an essay (both concerning the compulsory readings) and a brief multiple choice test (about historical data, etc explained in the lectures). The students must obtain 2 out of 5 points at least.
Document analysis Textual commentaries done primarily during the group classes, either the "middle" or the "small" groups.
Oral presentation Every student must prepare an essay, and if possible, present it orally in class so that a debate may be established later. The subject will be some aspect of the 8 texts that are to be read. The oral presentation should take about 8-10 minutes. The essay will be about 7-8 pages' long (double spaced). Worth 10 per cent; that is, 1 point. The written version must be sent by December, 15th. Since there is often a large number of students it is not possible for all students to present the essay orally.
Multiple-choice questions During the course, on dates that will be fixed a few days earlier and communicated in class and through Moodle, there will be 4 multiple-choice tests on the texts the students must read. The objective is to make the students' read in a continuous way. Each test is worth 0.5 points (2 points total, 20% of the subject).
Directed discussion Debate over topics or the oral presentations. The students may be asked to write notes and deliver them to the teacher.
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