Teaching GuideTerm
Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  North American Literature 2
Methodologies Description
Directed discussion Given a relevant and controversial topic from the texts we are reading, students are encouraged to focus on one particular aspect and provide their own interpretations based on the information found in the text. The purpose is for the students to take sides, and defend their own ideas in front of an audience critically and logically with the help of the text itself or the bibliography chosen by them.
Guest lecture / keynote speech At the beginning of each particular chapter, instructors would provide students with a general socio-historical overview of American society to better contextualize the text we are reading. The aim is to point at major themes dealt with, brief comparative analysis of characters, as well as a brief but clear comment on narrative techniques used by a particular author. A power point presentation is often used, as well as interviews with writers, or documentaries which reflect on the specific literary movement and / or writer.
This lecture-type class is nevertheless dialogic, and students are encouraged to participate with comments and/or questions. The lecturer also provokes the students with questions or "brainstorming-type" warming up before focusing on topic chosen.
Document analysis Close-reading and critical analysis of texts.
Mixed objective/subjective test These tests, a theoretical-practical nature, will include short-answer questions as well as longer (and more complex) essay questions.
Long answer / essay questions The purpose of this type of assignment is for the students to write an essay, often a comparative one. Students should be able to support their ideas with evidence (quotes) from the texts. Essays should be well organized (introd., body, and conclusion), and provide a personal and in-depth analysis. Students may be allowed to use their required texts for this in-class test.
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