Readings in English (Part I) is an advanced level reading course which builds on Interdisciplinary Readings (Eng. Ed. 517) of the first semester. The course has eight units. It consists of advanced academic texts, which are organized under various themes; namely, education, literature, art and culture, contemporary issues, human conditions, literary essays, short fictions, poetry and long fictions; while literary texts are organized under various genres of literature. The different types of the texts expose the students to the content knowledge and strengthen their linguistic resources useful for communication to the wider readership. The course presents the best of authentic academic and literary texts by the prominent authors from diverse geo-cultural and political backgrounds. The course seeks to explore the cross-disciplinary links and their relevance to the contemporary world.
The course aims at helping students/teachers to enter into a world of varied reading materials within the given themes and genres. The goal is achieved by reading authentic materials extensively and by producing their analysis and interpretation. The course also aims at integrating the threads of these two skills: Reading and Writing back up by Critical Thinking. The reading dimension expects the students to process knowledge and linguistic resources while the writing calls for the manipulation of these resources for the production of their won knowledge. By the end, the students will be enabled to access a wide variety of materials on their own and write creatively and evaluate on a variety of topics.
Given these general objectives, the students will be able to:
v Enter into the contemporary world of- art, film, music, translations related to the books so that they can develop skills of appreciating the contemporary literary art form expressed in different ways;
v Develop their taste through interdisciplinary media so that this serves as motivation for language learning;
v Develop their ideas about elevated and formal styles, and use the same in reading and creative writing skills;
v To critically observe literary and non-literary texts prescribed for different levels of academic (teaching) institutions; and
v Find out and employ in their own writing the literary devices like symbols, metaphors, similes, alliteration, allusion, allegories, etc.
This course deals with language and its relation to/with society and power.
1. Course Description
This course aims at equipping the students with the knowledge and skills of analysing discourse in different social contexts critically. This course is organized into four units. The first unit introduces the basic concepts of discourse analysis along with its relation to ideology and its discursive structure. The second unit reviews the history, principles, objectives, role of analyst and engages students in discussions about how CDA differs from discourse analysis. The third unit deals with the commonly used methodologies for critical discourse analysis. The fourth unit that is the application of critical discourse analysis provides the students with opportunity to analyze different types (genres) of discourses critically.
This course makes an attempt in exploring the basic ideas of applied linguistics acquainting the learners with the key issues in applied linguistics so as to prepare them for continuing their studies in this field. It aims to meet the needs of people wishing to apply linguistics in various professional fields; focusing upon the central aspects of the discipline and it also aims to develop learners' basic knowledge and skills in these areas. The first unit deals with a basic understanding of applied linguistics and the development of the discipline along with the research trends and applications of linguistics to language teaching. The second unit is about World Englishes, implication of the global spread of English for ELT, English as a lingua franca and the historical context of English in relation to the Nepalese context. Likewise, unit three deals with contrastive analysis and error analysis. Unit four is about the various intercultural approaches and its practice in ELT. The last unit deals with the various approaches and interpretations of critical pedagogy in language learning.