EKIS312 Literature in the Classroom (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



- examining the role of literature in education historically and today
- the study of fiction and non-fiction on the subject of the course
- the study of the creation of schemes of work using literature
- the creation of such schemes of work

Completion methods

Contact teaching and group work

Assessment details

Assessment by outcome of the various assignments undertaken during the course

Learning outcomes

- to be able to present the rationale for the use of literature in teaching
- to be able to develop practical strategies for using literature in the classroom

Additional information

Attendance policy. 100% attendance is usually expected. The effect of any necessary absences on that student's work will be assessed by the tutor, and where necessary extra work in compensation may be required. More than two absences may result in the student having to leave the course, if in the teacher's judgment too much has been missed. However, the tutor appreciates that teacher trainers may be obliged to have some unavoidable absence, so there may be room for some flexibility, provided that the main course requirements are met.

Study materials

Some sources provided in Optima.

Elaine Showalter's Teaching Literature and Ted Hughes' Poetry in the Making are still in print.

The other books below are out of print but second-hand copies should be available cheaply via Amazon and The Book Depository UK, among other online stores.

The University Library will be given the list of books below to be ordered for students on this course - so some books should be available there.


  • Pirrie, J., On Common Ground (WWF UK, 1994) recommended; ISBN: 185850 00 1
  • Creber, P., Thinking Through English (Open University, 1990) required; ISBN: 0-335-09360-4
  • Hughes, T., Poetry in the Making (Faber, 1967-2008 ) required; ISBN: 978-0-571-23380-9
  • Pirrie, J., Apple Fire (Bloodaxe, 1993) recommended; ISBN: 1-85224-206-X
  • Showalter, E., Teaching Literature, (Blackwell, 2003) required; ISBN: 978-0-631-2264-6

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item