This course is part of the new Teacher Training Programmes (Primary School) that started at Stockholm University in the spring of 2012.

Course aims

The course is given in collaboration with the Department of Language Education. Following up on your knowledge of language and texts acquired in your Swedish courses, it has the following aims:
- to improve your oral proficiency in English, with particular emphasis on improving your pronunciation and fluency in the classroom;
- to improve your written proficiency in English, for both classroom and general use;
- to introduce you to the variation that exists in today’s English and how to compare it with Swedish, and common contrastive problems for Swedish learners of English;
- to introduce you to important children’s texts in English, and how to analyze and work with them and new versions in other media, such as film adaptations;
- to introduce you to theories about and methodologies in second language learning and how to integrate them into classroom teaching in English, and evaluate pupil achievements in English;
- to present various linguistic and digital tools for your own further learning and teaching in English;
- to integrate ICT and esthetic learning processes into your English classes, and plan theme teaching with a cultural base;
- to improve your ability to read and discuss your professional literature in English.

Course units

The course itself, which is given entirely in English, consists of five course units:
Pronunciation, which will give you a better grasp of your own English pronunciation and ensure that it is adequate for teaching, and how to continue working on it on your own (given by the Department of Language Education);
English Proficiency and Language Theory, which will help you bring your written and spoken English up to an adequate professional standard. We will work with understanding and explaining English vocabulary and grammar, as well as considering the norms and variation in the English-speaking world. We will also read and discuss educational matters of relevance to your professional contexts (given by the Department of English);
Children’s Literature and Films in English, which will work on close reading and understanding of literary texts (in the wider sense that includes films and other modern media), how they arise in given cultural contexts, and how to present this in more formal written English (given by the Department of English);
Language Didactics and Assessment, which will introduce you to theories of and approaches to language education, as well as actual analysis of classroom situations and how to evaluate and communicate your grading criteria, in accordance with Swedish curricula and regulations (given by the Department of Language Education);
English in the Classroom, where you will plan, select and discuss teaching materials and lessons in English. Here we will also discuss how to integrate ICT and esthetic learning processes such as music and dance into the classroom (given by the Department of Language Education).

Syllabus (from spring 2014)

More information about your Teacher Training Programme as a whole is available on the Department of Mathematics and Science Education website.

Information spring term 2018