Teaching GuideTerm
Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  North American Literature 2
Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Directed discussion A1 A2 A6 A15 B4 B5 B8 B10 C2 C4 C7 Based on required readings, students will be encouraged to discuss and express their opinions on a given topic/text. Class discussions will be carried out mostly during the DI and TGR sessions, since it is easier to interact with students in those smaller groups. Active, critical participation will be especially valued. 10
Mixed objective/subjective test A2 A6 A15 A16 B7 C2 This type of test will assess the student's ability to understand and approach a literary text critically by asking questions about those texts analyzed in class. In addition, students will have to prove that they have grasped the main concepts, and that they can apply such concepts and critical tools to literary texts. When assessing and marking these exams, the teachers will also take into account the student's linguistic competence in English. These final tests can include short-answer questions ("objective" test) as well as longer essay questions ("subjective" test). 40
Long answer / essay questions A1 A2 A6 A9 A10 A11 A15 A16 A17 B1 B5 B6 C2 In addition to having covered the obligatory readings and followed the teacher's explanations, in this type of exercise/test students will have to prove they have understood the explanations and texts in a critical way. In assessing these written exercises, the teacher will pay particular attention to the student's ability for a critical understanding of the texts and concepts seen in class. As specified in the requirements for the English Degree at this level, the teacher will also take into account the student's linguistic competence in English, especially in written English. 50
Assessment comments

To pass the subject, you must score a sum total of at least 50% (5 out of 10). This includes all exercises, essays and other classwork. You must score at least 40% (4 out of 10) in each of the three types of graded work for this work to be added to your final mark. Those students who have failed to do the required course work (written and oral activities) will have to do so for the July exam period (see JULY OPPORTUNITY below). Active participation in all classroom activities, as well as any "extra-credit" work handed in by the student during the course, will be awarded up to 5% extra in your final grade. This includes voluntary work, extra reading or any other activity proposed either by the teacher or the student an accepted by both. 

PLAGIARISM: When assessing the students' essays, the teachers will pay attention to possible cases of plagiarism; to that effect, they can use tools like TURNITIN or interview the students about their written work. 

"NON PRESENTADO" (not present): Those students who do not sit for the final exam and/or have not done at least 50% of the required classwork will be awarded the grade of NP.

JULY OPPORTUNITY: Those students who have not scored at least 40% in each of the required exercises will have to sit for the July opportunity, even if their total grade is 50% or above. In July, the final grade will be the sum of the following activities: 40% final exam, 50% essay, and 10% supervised activities (written work).

Students who sit for the December exam  will be graded in exactly the same way as in the July exam period.

STUDENTS WITH LEAVE OF ABSENCE: Those students who are not registered full time and have been granted a leave of absence will be examined in either exam period following the requirements established for the July exam period.

Diversity: the university provides a service known as ADI (Atención á diversidade) specializing in helping "os membros da comunidade universitaria con necesidades especiais derivadas da discapacidade ou doutras formas de diferenza fronte á poboación maioritaria". Those students interested in this service can talk to Prof. Ana Veleiro in our Facultade de Filoloxía or else contact the general ADI office at adi@udc.es.

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