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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

English - Free topic 13: Teaching Literature to Adolescents

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Programme level Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Course responsible
  • Ulla Rahbek (4-857c7c715078857d3e7b853e747b)
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Course number: HENK0391KU

Course content

This is a course for the students who are on the gymnasierettede profil as well as for anyone interested in thinking about how to teach Anglophone literature to adolescents (gymnasie-elever). In this class we will discuss both how to teach and what to teach. We will be reading and reflecting on didactic theories about teaching and learning, all the time maintaining a focus on the teaching of English literature in a Danish context. The class will be interactive and although we will be discussing theories about teaching literature it will also be pragmatic.  Thus we will develop hands-on approaches and concrete material that can be used in a teaching situation. In order to maintain a close connection with actual teaching out in the real world, in the form of high schools (gymnasier), I have invited both experienced teachers and brand new teachers to come and share their experiences with us. All in all, this class will combine a ‘top-down’ theoretical approach to teaching literature with a very pragmatic hands-on approach, which I hope will help to equip those of you who might find yourselves in a classroom full of teenagers in a not so distant future.


Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies


1 semester


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Teaching and learning methods

Class instruction




Our course book will be Atherton, Green and Snapper, Teaching English Literature 16-19: An Essential Guide (2013): we will also be reading selected chapters from Beach, Appleman, Hynds and Wilhelm, Teaching Literature to Adolescents, 2nd ed. (2011). In addition, we will be reading a selection of literary texts suitable for our practical tasks that we will agree upon in class.


Category Hours
Lectures 28
Preparation 176,75
English 204,75

Exam (KA 2013-ordning)

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