Seminar: 3.02.200 S Postcolonialism and Literature in ELT contexts - Details

Seminar: 3.02.200 S Postcolonialism and Literature in ELT contexts - Details

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Course name Seminar: 3.02.200 S Postcolonialism and Literature in ELT contexts
Course number 3.02.200
Semester SoSe2024
Current number of participants 20
maximum number of participants 40
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Monday, 08.04.2024 10:00 - 12:00, Room: A14 1-112
Lehrsprache englisch

Rooms and times

A14 1-112
Monday: 10:00 - 12:00, weekly (12x)

Module assignments


The seminar provides an overview of postcolonial storytelling and the concept of multiculturalism followed by an analysis of a variety of literary products ranging from the early 90s to the present. Questions of national identity will be covered as well as cultural, political and religious issues. Excerpts from novels but also chapters from textbooks, e.g. Year 7 will be analysed.
London as a hub of the British multicultural experience will be explored in greater detail. Excerpts from selected texts comprise works by e.g.
  • Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia, 1990
  • Hanif Kureishi, The Black Album, 1995
  • Monica Ali, Brick Lane, 2000
Each text will be analysed and assessed with regard to its suitability for classroom use. Excerpts from textbook units along with the accompanying tasks and media will be critically examined. Additional material from a variety of sources will be collected, presented and prepared for classroom use. Task design will be practiced by providing motivating challenges for young adult readers and learners of English. London as a topic for younger learners exploring the postcolonial heritage will also be examined using current textbook chapters and abridged literary texts.

Recent discussions on Britains colonial past and the "black-lives-matter" discussion will also be taken into account. Relevant reading in this field comprises e.g.
-Akala, Natives. Race & Class in the Ruins of the Empire (2018)
-Eddo-Lodge, R. Why I`m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2018)
-Hirsch, A., British. On Race, Identity and Belonging (2018)
-Shukla, N. (Ed.) The Good Immigrant (2016)
A special focus will be put on the experience of displacement and seeking refuge from the perspective of children (picture book “My Name is not Refugee”) respectively teenagers (“Refugee Boy”).
Please note that details on the structure and focus of each class can be found at files.
-On successful completion of this module, students should
  • be familiar with the British Empire and the literature emerging from the post-colonial experience
-know about London`s significance for contemporary multicultural life
-be able to explain the role of English in post-colonial storytelling
-be able to analyse narrative texts reflecting the multicultural experience
-be familiar with the content and interpretation of the texts dealt with in class
-be able to assess the viability of select texts for classroom use
-be aware of the rules and regulations the Core Curriculum in Lower Saxony stipulates for the topic
-be able to critically assess literary products for teaching purposes and, if necessary, modify and edit them
- provide tasks accompanying literary texts reflecting the multicultural experience

Participants are expected to:
  • provide commentaries on topics discussed in class (“Aktive Teilnahme”)
-submit samples of work (“Aktive Teilnahme”)
-pass a test at the end of term.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang620 Aufbau FD LitCult".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • The enrolment is possible from 11.03.2024, 06:00 to 31.07.2024, 23:59.
  • This setting is active from 11.03.2024 06:00 to 31.07.2024 23:59.
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Subject is Anglistik
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is Englisch
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 15.03.2024 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
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