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Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  Varieties of English
Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Oral presentation B4 B5 B10 C2 C3 C4 C8 There will be two oral presentations:

I. An INDIVIDUAL presentation during the PRACTICAL CLASS (10%): The individual presentation consists of making a practical analysis of the English variety that you want. This analysis has to comment NECESSARILY on the phonetic and/or grammatical characteristics of a text (e.g. a song or a film in non-standard English).

II. A VIDEO-PROJECT in GROUP (10%): The format of the video-project in group (3-10 students) is freer, as long as students RESPECTFULLY imitate one non-standard English accent (or more) during the presentation and avoid clichés and stereotypes. Students will prepare the script, tape and upload the video.

IMPORTANT: You cannot repeat varieties of English in the presentation, the project and the comparative essay--that is, in total, you will work on at least 4 different varieties. Both for the essay and the presentations, you can choose varieties that were NOT treated in class.
Workshop A1 A2 A6 A9 A11 A17 A19 A20 B1 B2 B3 B4 B6 B7 B8 C2 C4 In the WORKSHOPS (or "practical classes"), which take place in the computer room, students will have to contribute their analysis of and comments on the material reviewed that day (or others) sometimes on paper and often on the MOODLE FORUM. Grades in this section will depend on the work you do in person in the classroom.
Supervised projects A1 A2 B1 B2 B3 B6 B7 There will be two supervised projects:

I. COMPARATIVE ESSAY (12%): You will have to write a comparative essay on two varieties of non-standard English. These varieties must be different from those you select for your oral presentation and video-project. When I return your corrected papers, you will have to rewrite them following my instructions. The grade obtained will only be effective after said rewriting. More detailed instructions will be given in class.

II. CRITICAL REVIEW (8%): I will provide you with an article on general theory about varieties (e.g. linguistic ecology). You will have to write a review of it in two parts: SUMMARY of the article and CRITICAL COMMENTARY that relates its contents with those discussed in class. The rest of the guidelines will be explained during the course.
Directed discussion A6 A9 A11 A17 A19 A20 B2 B3 B4 B6 B7 B8 C2 C4 In every THEORY CLASS (i.e. large group), each student will be expected to answer questions about the material assigned for that day (and/or the previous ones) orally or in writing (i.e. TESTS), to participate in the debates and to engage in the rest of the activities. The dates of said tests will be announced ahead of time.

Assessment comments

-To pass the course, you must be graded with at least 5 out
of 10 in the activities of the THEORY CLASSES and the PRACTICAL ONES, each of
the SUPERVISED PROJECTS and each of the ORAL PRESENTATIONS, and at least 5
(out of 10) in the final grade. As stated above, the group video-project is not
mandatory. My teaching method is based on CONTINUOUS EVALUATION. Therefore, I
will give you the GLOBAL grades before the end of December.

-The students who do not pass the activities of the THEORY
CLASSES and/or the PRACTICAL ones can repeat them in the official exam of

-In the official exam of JULY, you will follow the same
indications as in January regarding the evaluation of theory and practice. The
date of the exam, you will have to send me the supervised works and
upload the individual oral presentation. The group video-project will also be
optional. It should be noted that each student must complete the section(s) that
she or he did not complete in the first opportunity.

-Students sitting the December exam (final exam brought
forward) will be assessed according to the criteria specified for the July

-Students officially enrolled part-time who have been
granted an official dispensation from attending classes will need to contact
the teachers at the beginning of the semester. These students will be assessed
according to the criteria applied in the July opportunity.

-In order NOT to obtain the grade of "No presentado"
(Absent), the student must do at least half of the scoring work (i.e. essay,
tests, etc.)

-All assignments must be submitted in time and in the
specified format in order to avoid a penalty of 25% on the grade obtained.

-Teachers can use the "Turnitin" plagiarism
detection service to review student work. Plagiarism in any activity will mean
obtaining a "zero" in it.

-If the coordinator considers it appropriate, there may be topics of self-study by the students (e.g. to increase your knowledge). These materials, which will not be subject to evaluation, will be provided on Moodle.

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