WPG Englisch

Main goals

  • Improvement of fluency
  • Critical approach to various media
  • Use of basic academic methods

Methods

  • Discussion and debate (if possible with an English/American assistant teacher)
  • Literary analysis (media texts, books, movies, TV or radio programmes….)
  • Research work in the library and on the internet
  • Presentations
  • Group and project work
  • Translations

Topics

Topics are chosen in accordance with the interests of the respective students and teachers. Topics in recent courses were:

  • Cultural Studies

Christmas in Britain and the US (Spotlight Magazine)

  • Countries

Australia: Aborigines, History, Geography and Wildlife, Economy, Political Parties, Present Day Life (group work, research work in library, presentation) Canada: Flora and Fauna, Geography, History, Famous Canadians, Politics, Economy (group work, research work in library, presentation)

  • History

The History of the United States from the Colonial Period to the Civil Rights Movement (with DVD)

  • Literature

The Development of the American Short Story. Reading and analysis/interpretation of selected American Short Stories of the 19th and first half of the twentieth century

Washington Irving: “Rip van Winkle”

Nathaniel Hawthorne: “Young Goodman Brown”

Ambrose Bierce: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

Edgar A. Poe: “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Francis S. Fitzgerald: “The Rich Boy”

Ernest Hemingway: “Old Man at the Bridge”; “Soldier’s Home” (video); “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

Short Story Theories: E.A.Poe’s review of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Twice Told Tales”

Methods of text analysis

  • Movies

Soldier’s Home

A Beautiful Mind

  • Politics

Basic principles of government in the US (the system of “checks and balances”)

  • Newspaper articles

Reading and analysis of selected newspaper articles

 

 

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