OJUA2031 Literature and Culture in Language Education (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Teacher Education
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


This course explores different literary texts and genres for language education and introduces different tools and frameworks for understanding and working with literature. This course provides opportunities for participants to share and compare cultural stories, and to use different literary genres to explore experience. An important part of this course is the planning and development of units of work based on literary texts and the critical consideration of the affordances and challenges of story-based and narrative approaches to language education.

Competence development:

This course specifically promotes pedagogical competence through the critical examination and experimentation with literary genres and narrative forms to support language development, communicative and interactional competence through the developed ability to choose and use different language genres and forms, intellectual competence through the critical engagement with research on literature and narratives as part of language education, and ethical competence through the critical understanding and use of cultural stories as part of identity and language development, and aesthetic competence through the development and exploration of artistic forms and narrative spaces.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing of the course, students should be able to:

  • critique different literary texts with a view to using them in educational contexts
  • work with authentic materials to create lesson plans, activities and units of work
  • recognize and work with different cultural expressions without relying on stereotypical notions
  • reflect upon and development practice
  • critically understand what literary texts can contribute to language education, as well as individual and community development

Study materials

Are available in the Moodle learning platform for the course. Key course texts include:

Bland, J. (2013). Children's Literature and Learner Empowerment: Children and Teenagers in English Language Education. A&C Black.

Slater, (xxx) Literature in the Language Classroom: A Resource Book of Ideas and Activities. ISBN: 0-521-30996-4.

Completion methods

Method 1

This course uses a variety of individual and small group activities, readings and a written assignment. When possible, this course also includes a practice period and methodological sessions in a local school.
Evaluation criteria:
This course is graded on a scale from 0-5. Evaluation is based on overall participation in the course as well as completion of course assignments. A higher grade is based on the demonstration of learning and critical reflection in relation to the aims of the course as well as the course materials.
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Participation in teaching (5 cr)

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