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Programme:

English Language and Literature

Study Cycle: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Academic year: 2013 / 2014
Title: Professor of English Language and Literature
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation

The BA in English Language and Literature is based on the Bologna system of 3 years for undergraduate BA studies and 2 years for postgraduate MA studies. Successful students can graduate for their Bachelors degree with 180 credits after 6 semesters (3 years) of study. Students may choose to continue their studies at SEEU with a 2 year 120 credit MA degree. Alternatively, students may choose to follow a 3+1 model and continue their BA studies for a fourth year (either full-time or part-time) in which case, if successful, they will receive a 240 credit BA degree completed in 4 years of study.

The structure of the three year programme includes studies which by nature are dynamic, integrative and interactive.  The programme is designed in a way which offers an integrative approach to themes in the field of languages, cultures and communications, this concept is implemented with this study programme.  The courses in this programme represent perspectives based on the theory which is closely linked to the practical application in the world of the language, culture, art, education and communication. The main goals are:   

  • To prepare the students for the leadership positions in the educational, cultural, and scientific institutions and organizations in the country and anywhere in the world.
  • To prepare the students to build a career related to their profession in the public, private and non-governmental sector.  
  • To offer a variety of modules which include basic knowledge of the professions which more or less are linked to education and culture.
  • To give opportunities to gain research skills and language and literature experience in the public, private and other organizations.
  • To develop the concept of critical thinking.
  • To enable the students to actively participate in the lectures and do autonomous research  in all the fields of the social, educational, cultural and scientific organizations
  • To give opportunities for development of the personal skills, the communicative skills, research skills and other valuable skills which are needed for employment.

The undergraduate programme offers the students a deep understanding and knowledge in the field of education and culture, and at the same time it orients them to other fields, which will be mastered in the coming year of studies.  With the three year study programme the students are given opportunities for internship, which enables them to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their study fields.

The composition of the curriculum aims to balance the combination of basic knowledge with the specific professional skills. The first year is very meaningful for the students, because it links a whole spectre of interdisciplinary courses. This will be of significant importance in their professional building.      

  • The English programme is primarily intended for those interested in becoming one of two things: a teacher, or a translator. Both fields are possible, and we have designed slightly different curricula for each specialization. We have graduates in both fields. Yet beyond teaching and translating,
  • English offers the key to the world. English is the world’s second language, so there exist possibilities for graduates of our English program to work in teaching, translation, interpretation, journalism, tourist hospitality industries, corporate language instruction, business interpretation, editing, and creative writing. 
Knowledge and understanding
  • Has enough theoretical and practical knowledge of the grammar structures and the Contemporary English vocabulary to satisfy the educational needs.
  • Has a language competency equal to or better from the Common European Framework level B2 in all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing)  
  • Has knowledge of the English literature in terms of periods, genres and main authors.
  • Has basic practical translating skills in general English.
  • Understands different strategies of learning and teaching which are used in teaching English as a foreign language.
  • Has a good understanding of the different aspects of the history and culture of the English speaking countries. 
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Is qualified to teach in mixed environments, in accordance with the law of the Republic of Macedonia.
  • Applies an adequate teaching methodology which is in accordance with the student needs.  
  • Can translate to English and from English into his/her mother tongue for the course content.  
  • Uses the English language adequately in terms of speech and the different types of discourse in different social and professional environments.  
Making judgement
  • Has the ability to assess literary texts, taking charge of the unknown words, the literary style, symbolism and metaphor.
  • Can take clear and informed decisions for issues and debates based on the language, the cultural and literary knowledge.
  • Has the ability to analyse the students’ needs and to develop curricula by choosing the right techniques.
Communication skills
  • Can articulate his thoughts in a clear way and can communicate his/her messages in academic and spoken English.
  • Has the ability to produce and organize correct grammatical phrases and sentences.
  • Masters knowledge for self-reliant reading, writing, and speaking about a huge number of literary texts, writes clear arguments using text citations with a logical progress and clarity of explanation.
  • Can assess and evaluate cultural trends in the English-speaking world, including philosophers and historical events. 
Learning skills
  • Has independent learning skills in doing professional tasks, and can show independence in the application of the same in the professional sphere.
  • Is capable of developing learning materials in relation to his/ her teaching practice using guidelines and adequate resources.
  • Has the capacity to participate in new language and culture occurrences in the English studies, and has the capacity to adapt to the same ones.
  • Can use and practice long-life learning.

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] Basics of English grammar
    During the studies, different methods will be used. The main method will be analysis and comparison of the linguistic theories and schools. The demonstrative method will be used in publishing results of the material covered, through the comparative method, the language characteristics will be compared with other cultures and traditions.
  • [6 ECTS] Phonetics and Phonology
    The phonology course focuses on the basic phonological concepts, like the inventory and the distribution of the English phonemes, allophones, their characteristics, the morph-phonology, the syllable structure and the syllable characteristics. It also focuses on the acoustic, articulatory, and auditive phonetics, including the description and the classification of the English consonants, and the simple and complex vowels.
  • [3 ECTS] English Literature - Prose
    English Literature: Prose is a course which leads the students to a whole spectrum of English prose texts. Starting with the language of the English Bible, the course investigates some topics of the Elizabethan and Jacobean prose, including writers like John Donne, Francis Bacon, and Isaac Walton. Then it goes to the 18th century to investigate about the beginnings of the English novel with Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Aphra Behn, Laurence Sterne. It continues with the introduction of the Victorian novel including Dickens, Eliot, Bronte Sisters, as well as the later Victorians like Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde. This historical approach is fulfilled at the second part of the course focusing on genre, including very important prose genres like Gothic fiction, detective/crime fiction, the thriller, science fiction, and professional literary genre like biography, travel writing, journalism, and political writing. The course finishes with the investigation of the modern novel and the modern short story together with some examples of post-modern fiction.
  • [6 ECTS] English Language Skills 1
    English Language Skills 1 is an integrated skills course designed to develop students’ competencies in the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). The focus of the course will be on combining (integrating) the skills in a flexible, creative manner so that students with varying needs can still meet their own academic, personal and professional objectives. To this end, the methodological approach that will predominate is the communicative one with a strong pedagogical emphasis on grammatical accuracy, lexical depth, syntactical fluency and socio-linguistic sensitivity.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 1
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Elective in Albanian/Macedonian Language
    • Albanian language for beginners 1
    • Albanian language for beginners 2
    • Albanian language for beginners 3
    • Macedonian Language 1
    • Macedonian Language 2
    • Macedonian Language 3
    • Macedonian Language 4
    • Macedonian Language for beginners 1
    • Macedonian Language for beginners 2
    • Macedonian Language for beginners 3
    • Macedonian Language for beginners 4
    • Academic writing in Macedonian

Semester 2

  • [3 ECTS] English Literature - Poetry
    This course presents some of the greatest poets of the English, Irish and American literary tradition. The focus of the course is double: it aims to analyze and evaluate important genres of English language poetry (the sonnet, lyrical verse, free verse), and to ensure a broad overview of the greatest poets of the English language. Special attention is paid to major poets, such as: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Alfred Tennyson, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot. Evaluation is through essay, in-class discussions, in-class presentations and final exam. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of different types of poetic expression, and will understand the development of poetry in English speaking countries.
  • [6 ECTS] American Culture
    The goal of the course is to make students understand the dynamics of culture, both inside and outside the classroom, they begin developing an awareness and appreciation of the research base that supports current practices in teaching culture, as well as studying U.S. society and culture. This course focuses on general models, strategies and skills that apply culture and cultural concepts. The course deals with the concept of culture, definitions and importance of culture in human relations as well as cultural sensitivity and experiences, attitudes, values in the various literature that they have been written. Since its very inception, the United States has been a society characterized by diversity—especially of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, region, and class. We will examine how broad social, demographic, and cultural changes in American life in the past century have affected the identities of the American people.
  • [6 ECTS] Morphology
    The Morphology course is concentrated on the morphological characteristics of the English language. It also includes the grammatical categories and other word functions of the student’s mother tongue like: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, the definite and indefinite articles, conjunction, numbers and exclamation. Special attention is paid to the form and function of the above mentioned parts of speech.
  • [6 ECTS] English Language Skills 2
    English Language Skills 2 is a follow up of English Language Skills 1 and represents an integrated course which focuses on the combination of the four language skills in a way that fits students’ academic needs. The focus is on developing the four language skills through exposure to authentic materials and recourses. A strong emphasis is given to the grammar accuracy, pronunciation and fluency, which is evaluated through participation in various role plays, games and other interactive activities. The vocabulary expansion is an indispensable and core part of this course.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 2
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Elective Albanian/Macedonian Language
    • Albanian language for beginners 1
    • Albanian language for beginners 2
    • Albanian language for beginners 3
    • Macedonian Language 1
    • Macedonian Language 2
    • Macedonian Language 3
    • Macedonian Language 4
    • Macedonian Language for beginners 1
    • Macedonian Language for beginners 2
    • Macedonian Language for beginners 3
    • Macedonian Language for beginners 4
    • Academic writing in Macedonian

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] English Language Skills 3
    English Language Skills 3 is an integrated course which aims to develop the four language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading). For that reason, the communicative methodological approach will be used with a pedagogical focus on emphasising grammatical, lexical, syntactical correctness and socio-linguistic sensitivity.
  • [6 ECTS] English Literature: Drama
    In this course some of the great dramas of the English language will be studied. The course will start with medieval religious drama and then it moves to Shakespeare and Elizabethan drama, followed by eighteenth century Restoration comedy, and it finishes with study of modern drama including Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot', and the work of Harold Pinter. It will also focus on the evolution of dramatic stagecraft, and it will explore the interaction of social, political and historical change with theatrical developments. Students’ work will be assessed by essays, by in-class presentations, by projects, by exam and by in-class discussion.
  • [6 ECTS] Introduction to English Syntax
    ENGLISH SYNTAX is for the second year students of the English Language and Studies Division of the Teacher Training Faculty. This course includes 2 contact hours of lectures and one contact hour of practice per week. The length of the course is 14 weeks (a mid-term exam after week eight and a final exam at the end).
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 3
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • Introduction to Shakespeare
    • Journalism 1
    • English Language writing and research
    • Mass Media Translation
    • Psychology of Education
    • Love Stories

Semester 4

  • [6 ECTS] English Language Skills 4
    English language Skills 4 is an integrated course with a focus on developing the four language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading). For that reason, the communicative methodological approach will be used with a pedagogical focus on emphasising grammatical, lexical, syntactical correctness and socio-linguistic sensitivity.
  • [6 ECTS] Lexicology
    The aims of lexicology. The relation of lexicology to the other branches of linguistics. Words and lexemes. Meaning of words. Types of meaning. Alteration of word meanings. Creation of words. The relation between the lexemes (collocations, idioms, polisemy, synonyms, metaphor). Usage of words (cohesion, idioms, cliché, sayings). The varieties of the English dictionary. The formal dictionary versus collocations. Fake friends, national etymology and other problematic words.
  • [6 ECTS] English Language teaching methodology
    This course aims to introduce the students to the theoretical and practical schools of teaching and learning theEnglish language, it also reflects on the modern teaching methodologies of English as a foreign language. The course investigates ways of how a lecture can be delivered by using different approaches and methodologies. The topics included are: Learning a foreign language at basic level, teaching all language skills, teaching vocabulary, teaching grammar and pronunciation, planning and lecturing, using literature in teaching, technology in teaching, testing and assessment, etc.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • Shakespearean tragedy
    • Journalism 2
    • Post-colony theory and criticism
    • Afro-American culture and religion
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • Shakespearean tragedy
    • Journalism 2
    • Post-colony theory and criticism
    • Afro-American culture and religion

Semester 5

Concentration: Translation
  • [6 ECTS] Translation 1
    The course translation 1 investigates the methods, techniques, approaches and theories of translation. It gives instructions for successful translation and at the same time it gives instructions for uninterrupted interpretation. The focus is on translating literary texts like prose and poems, other documents are analysed and translated like newspaper articles, official documents and professional texts from the field of business, law, and administration. The course also examines the ethic, morale, and responsible translation.
  • [6 ECTS] History and Culture of English speaking countries
    This course is designed to offer the students an interdisciplinary introduction into the history and culture of the English-speaking countries (with an emphasis on UK and USA). The course consists of versatile materials, and approaches the topics from a variety of fields, such as literature, visuals, film, anthropology, philosophy, etc. It is expected that this would enable the students gain a holistic, multidimensional and critically nuanced overview of the social history and culture of the English-speaking countries. Throughout the lectures, the students will also be introduced to the multicultural diversity of those societies, as well as gain an insight into the topics regarding social differences, equalities and inequalities. In this sense, this course will enable the students to explore a variety of topics both through a historical as well as through a contemporary framework.
  • [6 ECTS] Understanding and Using English Syntax
    This course aims to reinforce student understanding of the main elements of the use of language: the study of syntax. It is designed to complement and enhance the previous study of syntax. This course develops students’ knowledge of syntax and assists them in using syntactic structures for accurate communication in English. With this course grammar is revised but, in addition, the course aims to advance student understanding of the importance of syntax for teaching and translation.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (Translation)
    • Literary translations
    • Simultaneous translation (from language А to language B and vice-versa)
    • Introduction to Semantics
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (Translation)
    • Literary translations
    • Simultaneous translation (from language А to language B and vice-versa)
    • Introduction to Semantics
Concentration: ELT
  • [6 ECTS] Testing and assessment
    This course aims to introduce the students to the basic principles and needs to prepare and apply the process of assessment. Through this introduction the students identify the main types of assessment, the difference between the standard and alternative form of assessment. An important aspect in this process is the validity of the instruments used in assessment. During the semester the students will be introduced to different types of tests, the types of questions and assignments and the needs while designing the tests and the implementation of the assessment process
  • [6 ECTS] History and culture of the English speaking countries
    This course is designed to offer the students an interdisciplinary introduction into the history and culture of the English-speaking countries (with an emphasis on UK and USA). The course consists of versatile materials, and approaches the topics from a variety of fields, such as literature, visuals, film, anthropology, philosophy, etc. It is expected that this would enable the students gain a holistic, multidimensional and critically nuanced overview of the social history and culture of the English-speaking countries. Throughout the lectures, the students will also be introduced to the multicultural diversity of those societies, as well as gain an insight into the topics regarding social differences, equalities and inequalities. In this sense, this course will enable the students to explore a variety of topics both through a historical as well contemporary framework.
  • [6 ECTS] Understanding and Using English
    This course aims to reinforce student understanding of the main elements of the use of language: the study of syntax. It is designed to complement and enhance the previous study of syntax. This course develops students’ knowledge of syntax and assists them in using syntactic structures for accurate communication in English. With this course grammar is revised but, in addition, the course aims to advance student understanding of the importance of syntax for teaching and translation.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (ELT)
    • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
    • Introduction to Semantics
    • Teaching English Language to young people
    • Teaching from the Multicultural Perspective
    • Teaching and Learning Vocabulary
    • Best Practices in Teaching English
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (ELT)
    • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
    • Introduction to Semantics
    • Teaching English Language to young people

Semester 6

Concentration: Translation
  • [6 ECTS] Translation 2
    The course introduces new information related to teaching vocabulary in the EFL classroom. It includes a description of how vocabulary is learned, how it is used in speaking and writing, and discussions for the current best practices of teaching vocabulary. Specific questions related to this course are: what does it mean to know a word, how many words are there, which words should be learned, explicitly against the random learning of vocabulary, the importance of reading in learning vocabulary, strategies for learning vocabulary, vocabulary teaching techniques and vocabulary testing.
  • [6 ECTS] Theory of Translation and interpretation
    This module will investigate the key aspects of the modern theories in translating with a predominant, chronological approach in order to improve student’s understanding of the processes related to translation, and the criteria of assessing a „good“translation practice. The theories discussed in the classes of this course will be using examples of translation. This course investigates the ethics, morale and responsibilities of the translator.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (General)
    • Utopia, technology, and society
    • Detective Stories
    • Modern Literature
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (Translation)
    • Multiculturalism and translation
    • Consecutive Translation (from language А to language Band vice-versa)
    • Morphology of English verbs
    • Contrastive Analysis
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (Translation)
    • Multiculturalism and translation
    • Consecutive Translation (from language А to language Band vice-versa)
    • Morphology of English verbs
    • Contrastive Analysis
Concentration: ELT
  • [6 ECTS] Practicum
    The students have to take different courses and do things like: needs analysis, course design, and lesson planning, to be allowed to participate in the practical aspect of teaching. The students will have a mentor and regular classes which will enable them to be efficient teachers and to understand the dynamics of the classes. The students will first observe and gain practice step by step until they teach a class which is 100% correct.
  • [6 ECTS] Needs analysis and Course Design
    This course aims to introduce the basic principals needed to prepare and apply modern academic courses. By getting introduced to these principles the students can differentiate between the different types of courses depending on students’ needs and the needs of the market. A very important element in this process is the verification of the validity and reliability of the instruments used in the process of evaluation and preparation of the course. The implementation of the standard principles known to the academy and pedagogy is important too.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (ELT)
    • Morphology of English verbs
    • Contrastive Analysis
    • Teaching vocabulary
    • Multiculturalism in Teaching English Language
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (ELT)
    • Morphology of English verbs
    • Contrastive Analysis
    • Teaching vocabulary
    • Multiculturalism in Teaching English Language
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course (General)
    • Utopia, technology and society
    • Detective stories
    • Modern literature

Semester 7

  • [6 ECTS] Advanced Academic English 1
    This course is designed as a fourth-year Academic English class. The first part focuses on strengthening reading skills, while also guiding students towards independent academic research. Students will conduct academic research (on a topic of their choosing but in a relevant field), familiarizing themselves with research databases, analyzing articles—with particular attention paid to abstracts, and the format/structure of academic writing. At the end of the semester, students will use their notes to first outline and then write a Literature Review, synthesizing different arguments and opinions.
  • [6 ECTS] Applied Communication
    This is a course designed to focus on those who are going to be teaching core and additional subjects in English to non-native English speakers – i.e. Teachers who use English as a Second Language teaching subjects other than English in English. The focus of the course will be on identifying the challenges of teaching in this environment as well as the development of strategies that allow you to become an effective and successful teacher or presenter. We will be combining (integrating) the various skills in a flexible, creative manner so that students with varying needs can still meet their own academic, personal and professional objectives. To this end, the methodological approach will be communicative with pedagogical emphasis on teaching in an ESL environment.
  • [6 ECTS] Introduction to American Literature
    This course traces the major figures of literary importance in the history of the United States of America. It focuses on some of the most significant writers from the Colonial era to the present day. This course explores crucial features of the American cultural and literary including certain core themes such as: racism and slavery, faith and religion, the emergence of the nation, the idea and practice of democracy, the frontier and the West, suffrage and civil rights, gender issues and feminism in America. A successful student of this course will have a basic understanding of the literature of the United States, and will know some of the most prominent writers and their works.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses (2 courses per semester)
    • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • Theory of Literature
    • Creative Writing
    • Applied Modern English Language 1
    • Other

Semester 8

  • [6 ECTS] Advanced Academic English 2
    This course seeks to further develop students’ academic English skills in all four skill areas (speaking, reading, listening and writing) through a variety of activities and projects. Students will engage with various topics in academic discourses, engage in research, write responses and reflections to lectures, as well as study presentation styles and rhetorical techniques, both written and oral.
  • [6 ECTS] English as a World Language
    This course studies the characteristics and consequences of English as a world language. It analyses the varieties of English in the world today, noting particularly differences among native-speaking Anglophone countries (such as Britain, Ireland, the United States, Australia, India, and South Africa) and non-native Anglophone usage. It also investigates the technical and grammatical significance of having a language used more by non-native speakers than by native speakers. Successful students will have a broad knowledge of the primary differences amongst the native ‘Englishes,’ and will also be able to assess the major implications of having a decentralized language without any clear homeland or governing authority.
  • [6 ECTS] General Linguistics
    This course is a general introduction to the field of linguistics, a subject which has as its aim the analytic study of human languages. The course will revise and refresh students’ existing knowledge in five core areas of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. However, the course aims to open up the field of linguistics to look at language variation and change (sociolinguistics and historical linguistics), aspects of cognitive linguistics (psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics), as well as looking at the most crucial aspects of language acquisition and language learning. The course objectives are to show to students the full complexity and importance of linguistics to the study of languages.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses (2 courses per semester)
    • Revenge Tragedy in the Renaissance
    • Using Literature in the EFL Classroom
    • Research Techniques of English as a Foreign Language
    • Applied Modern English Language 2
    • Other
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