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

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. The course is structured into five sections: 

  1. Theoretical foundation (weeks 6-7)
  2. Reading (weeks 8-10)
  3. Writing (weeks 11-13)
  4. The interrelationship between reading and writing (weeks 14-17)

Task design (weeks 18-21)



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.

Kurset oprettes kun ved tilstrækkelige tilmeldinger.
Fagelementet Foreign Language Acquisition/​Fremmedsprogstilegnelse ligger studieordningsmæssigt på første semester, hvorfor FLA kurset i efterårssemesteret altid vil blive oprettet.

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 7th 2024
Type of assessment details
Students will submit three portfolio assignments for feedback in the last section of the course: 1) defining a topic/teaching goal (1 NS), 2) literature review (8 NS), and 3) task design (10 NS). Estimated deadlines: portfolio #1: week 18; portfolio #2: week 19; portfolio #3: weeks 20-21. Along with a reflection (2-6 NS) on the experiences gained from task design and implementation through mock presentations/teaching in class, these assignments are submitted as the final exam portfolio for assessment (21-25 NS).
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

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


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

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Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinators
  • Sanne Larsen   (7-76647171686f64436b7870316e7831676e)
  • Slobodanka Dimova   (17-7871746774696673706633696e72747b66456d7a7233707a336970)
Saved on the 03-05-2023

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