English - Free topic A: Reading and Writing: Theory, Practice, and Assessment

Course content

Academic literacy skills form an important part of the teaching of English as a foreign language in the Danish educational system. This course discusses different theoretical models of communicative competence and their application in foreign language teaching with a focus on reading and writing. The learning and teaching of these two skills are approached from the vantage point of the interrelationship between first and second language acquisition, and the course covers the cognitive and the social dimensions of reading and writing, as well as the different methods for their assessment. Theoretical models of reading and writing processes and assessment methods, as well as empirical studies of these processes and methods in the foreign language will be addressed. Implications for the foreign language classroom will form an essential part of the course.



Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

This course only leads to exams Foreign Language Acqusition, Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.
Students using this course to Foreign Language Acqusition will be given priority.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline June 8th 2022
As part of the exam, the students will submit four assignments over the course of the semester, research questions (Feb. 25), literature review (March 18), methods and analysis (April 8), results and discussion (April 29). These assignments will be submitted as part of a 21-15 page portfolio at the end of the semester.
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5