Teaching GuideTerm
Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  North American Literature through its Texts
Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Oral presentation A6 A8 A10 A15 B10 C4 This oral presentation will be carried out in class, in either April or May. In these brief presentations, students are encouraged to discuss and express their opinions on a given topic/text. Since these are group presentations, team-work is important, as is the students' language and communication skills. 20
Mixed objective/subjective test A1 A6 A7 A9 A15 B7 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 tests can include short-answer questions ("objective" test) as well as longer essay questions ("subjective" test). 50
Long answer / essay questions A15 A18 B1 B2 B5 B6 B7 In this type of exercise or test students should provide short written essays in answer to questions of a theoretical-practical nature. These exercises will be mostly carried out in class. The teachers will collect and correct them, since they will constitute a substantial part of the assessment of the subject. 30
Assessment comments

To pass the subject, students should obtain 5 points out of 10, after adding up each part of the assessment procedure. In addition, the student needs to have at least 4 out of 10 in each of the three assessment sections or categories. Active participation in the different class activities, as well as additional "extra-credit" activities carried out by the students during the course, could be awarded up to an extra 5% of the final mark (this can include voluntary work, alternative readings or any other activity proposed and accepted by students and teachers).

PLAGIARISM: When assessing the students' essays, the teacher will pay attention to possible cases of plagiarism; to that effect, she can interview the students about their written work or use tools like TURNITIN, in order to detect wrong citations, plagiarism or any other type of fraud. Should this occur, therules for plagiarism will be applied. (See "Normas de avaliación, revisión e reclamación das cualificacións dos estudos de grao emestrado universitario"). TURNITIN recognises papers previously turned in by other people (or the student him/herself) at this university or other universities, as well as other bibliographic and Internet materials.

Grade "NON PRESENTADO": Only those students who do not sit for the June or the July finals, and/or have not completed the 50% will obtain the NP grade. 

SECOND OPPORTUNITY (JULY): Those students who have not reached 4 out of 10 points in each of the three assessment sections, even if the overall addition is 5 or higher, will have to go to the finals in July in order to pass the subject. In this opportunity, students will have to prove they have acquired the required skills by doing the following: 1) a written exam similar to that of the first opportunity (50% of the final mark); 2) a critical essay (30%); 3) an oral test (20%).

EXEMPTION (DISPENSA ACADÉMICA): Those who are officially registered as part-time students, and have been granted permission not to attend classes, as stipulated in the regulations of this University, should contact the teacher at the beginning of the course. These students will be assessed in either of the opportunities according to the same criteria specified for the second opportunity.

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

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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