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Our Specialisations

We offer courses within the English language, English literature, applied linguistics and didactics.

Applied Linguistics

Teaching in Linguistics in the English department focuses on how the English language is used in different contexts and for different purposes. Our teaching on the early level undergraduate courses (on the English I and II courses) takes the form of contrastive grammar and pronunciation studies. Students are also introduced to different types of knowledge we have when we know a language plus how the English language is used in different contexts.

On the later undergraduate courses (English III and IV), courses follow teachers' research interests and focus on Social variation in the English language, how larger corpora (databases) of language data can be used and analysed. Students get a thorough grounding in methods of doing linguistic research before they write the BA thesis.

Our one-year MA programme in Applied Linguistics follows on from this background, and goes deeply into different areas and controversies within applied linguistics, such as the role of English in the world, among others. Again, our research interests shape this programme: we study online language use, attitudes to English around the world, how languages are learned, among other topics.

English Literature

Presentation to come.

Teacher Education

A number of courses in the English department focus on subject didactics, i.e. the teaching and learning of English for students in the teacher programme. The department offers courses for those studying to become primary school teachers and upper secondary teachers, as well as for those studying to teach years 7-9. In addition to language didactics, courses for pre-service primary school teachers include modules for oral and written proficiency as well as the study and analysis of literary texts and the teaching of literature.

Pre-service upper secondary school teachers take courses together with general students of English in undergraduate and later undergraduate courses (English l, ll, III and IV), be it with some minor differences. Rather than writing a BA thesis, they write two degree theses as part of their teacher programme on topics dealing with English didactics. Teacher students with English as a second or third language take courses at the undergraduate and later undergraduate level, and write a paper on either linguistics or literature.

Thesis courses for pre-service primary teachers are organized under the umbrella of Educational Work (Pedagogiskt arbete) but are taught by members of the English department, who act as supervisors and examiners. Students conduct their own empirical study on some aspect of the teaching of English.

The English department has also been involved in teaching courses within Lärarlyftet, the Swedish National Agency for Education's in-service initiative for active, certified teachers. These courses focus on subjects such as language didactics, children's literature, grammar, oral proficiency and film studies, and are offered to teachers at all levels of schooling.


Inter-Campus Cooperation

The English Department cooperates with programmes and staff at the Falun and Borlänge campuses providing both elective and programme-based courses.

Within literary studies, we offer a joint course in Literature and Politics in Contemporary Africa (7 ECTS credits), with the departments of Arabic, French, and Portuguese. The advanced level course, which is offered both on campus at Falun and in net-based format, has been developed with African Studies at Dalarna.

At the Borlänge campus, elective courses focus on three main areas: oral communication, in particular presentation technique; written communication, primarily academic and business writing; and, cultural aspects related to students' future workplace interactions.

Programme-based courses are developed with programme staff to support students in their studies. These courses mainly focus on presentation technique, academic and business writing, and workplace culture. Due to the background of the Borlänge-based staff, business courses where the language of instruction is English can also be offered.

External Cooperation

In addition, the English Department also provides education and support to external organisations. This can take many forms – examples from previous work include courses in business communication; coaching for presentations; mentoring for sales pitches and intercultural business meetings; communication assistance for websites, newsletters; etcetera.

Contact information

Head of Department

Senior Lecturer English
023-77 80 56

Director of Studies

Lecturer English
023-77 83 63

Student Administrator

Student Administrator
023-77 80 81

Programme Director Literature

Associate Professor English
023-77 83 92

Programme Director Applied Linguistics

Professor English
070-191 86 16

Programme Director Teacher Training

Lecturer English
023-77 83 55
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