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Rejestracja na zajęcia wybieralne na II roku lic.

Rejestracja odbędzie się przez system USOS. Rozpocznie się 18 stycznia o godz. 21.00 i zakończy 20 stycznia o godz. 23.59.

Studenci realizujący specjalność anglistyczną wybierają po jednej grupie następujących zajęć:
Konwersatorium literaturoznawcze
Konwersatorium językoznawcze A
Konwersatorium językoznawcze B
Przedmiot orientujący A
Przedmiot orientujący B


Studenci realizujący specjalność filologia angielska z drugim językiem obcym (UWAGA: tylko poziom podstawowy) wybierają jedną grupę zajęć spośród zajęć Konwersatorium językoznawcze A LUB Konwersatorium językoznawcze B.
Wybierane grupy identyfikowane są nazwiskiem prowadzącego. Opisy proponowanych zajęć można będzie znaleźć w zakładce „Opisy kursów”.
W grupach obowiązują limity miejsc. W przypadku wyczerpania się limitu miejsc prosimy o zapisanie się do innej grupy.

Konwersatorium literaturoznawcze brytyjskie (środa 15.15-16.45)
1. Postmodernism in British fiction and film, dr T. Dobrogoszcz,
The goal of the course is to provide students with a general understanding of the main tenets of postmodernism and demonstrate typical examples of British postmodern fiction and film. After a brief theoretical introduction to basic philosophical and aesthetic assumptions of postmodernism, we will discuss the reading materials (short stories and fragments of novels by A. Carter, A.S. Byatt, I. McEwan, J. Winterson, J. Fowles, S. Rushdie, etc.) and films (by P. Greenaway, S. Kubrick, etc.). We will critically approach the contemporary notions of language and identity, examining the concepts of irony, metafiction, intertextuality and hyperreality.

2. Realism, Modernism and Postmodernism: Developments in 20th-Century British Short Fiction, dr M. Goszczyńska,
The course offers an overview of the three dominant twentieth-century literary modes: realism, modernism and postmodernism. The aim will be to place these modes within a larger historical, cultural and philosophical context, and to characterise their distinctive key features. Realism, modernism and postmodernism will be discussed on the basis of short stories by such writers as Virginia Woolf, William Trevor, David Lodge, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, Michele Roberts and A.S. Byatt. The average reading load is around 10-15 pages per week.

3. Revolutionary Minds (from William Blake to Jim Morrison), dr M. Kocot
The course will look at selected British and American literary texts (both poetry and prose) to explore various aspects of revolution and (playful) subversion in culture. The emphasis will be placed on identifying intriguing inspirations and traces of influence between authors and traditions of (sometimes) distant periods in literary history (William Blake and Jim Morrison), as well as between representatives of literary canon and pop culture. We will be reading and discussing texts by the revolutionary Romantics (William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau) who exerted huge influence on the counterculture of the 1960s (Jim Morrison, John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Dylan), and still influence those who promote geopoetic revolution (Kenneth White, Gary Snyder). The list of revolutionary themes is long. Feel free to join our group and discover more.

Konwersatorium językoznawcze A (środa 10.00-11.30)
1. World Englishes, dr hab. K. Kosecki, prof. UŁ
The course presents varieties of English spoken around the world (World Englishes). Having provided an overview of the position of English in the world, it discusses the historical development, as well as lexical, syntactic, and semantic properties of the varieties of language spoken in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South-East Asia. It also introduces some English-based pidgins and creoles (Krio, Nigerian Pidgin English, Tok Pisin). The varieties of English are discussed on the basis of samples of linguistic material, which include written texts and recordings.

2. Fundamental Questions of Language, dr M. Hinton
On this course, you will be asked to consider the most fundamental questions concerning language and its use. The class will be discussion based, and each week we'll try to answer such questions as: what does it mean to mean? Can we think without language? How does language refer to reality? How is language linked to thought? Does language have rules and how would we know? Although these question are philosophical in nature, we'll be addressing them as linguists and particularly interested in the way that they impact on the practice of linguistics.

3. Word-formation across languages, dr W. Pskit
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with topics in word-formation in English, Polish and other selected languages and to equip students with research tools facilitating contrastive word-formation studies. The issues to be discussed include basic concepts in morphology and word-formation, simple and complex words, inflection and derivation, productivity in word-formation, a contrastive approach to word-formation processes in English, Polish and (selected) other languages, and selected contemporary theoretical approaches in morphology.

4. Varieties of English, dr hab. E. Waniek-Klimczak, prof. UŁ
English is used by billions of people around the world in different situations and for different purposes. This course offers a research-based systematic approach to the study of varieties. It concentrates on varieties of English in spoken language, with the focus on the connection between such variables as age, gender, ethnicity, experience, attitude, situation etc. and the features of language. The term variety is  discussed from a sociolinguistic and global English perspectives.  The course  introduces key sociolinguistic and World English(es) terminology providing background for the discussion of sociolinguistic studies in the context of World English (es).  The contents of the course is linked to two other courses offered to IIyear BA students: History and Varieties of English and Phonetics 2.  After the course the students will be able to name sociolinguistic sources of variability in language, to analyse language use samples from the perspective of the characteristics of the speakers as well as the situation.

Konwersatorium językoznawcze B (środa 11.45-13.15)
1. Fundamentals of Translation, dr hab. K. Kosecki, prof. UŁ
Assuming the cognitive-communicative perspective, the course introduces fundamental concepts of translation, such as equivalence at and above the word level, basic translation strategies (omission, paraphrase, substitution, etc.), translation of idioms and false friends, as well as the role of culture and pragmatics. All concepts and strategies are discussed on the basis of short texts translated from English-to-Polish and Polish-to-English. The texts are related to culture, history, politics, tourism, and advertising.

2. Exploring Conversational English, dr hab. J. Badio
The main aim of the course is to provide students of English as a foreign language with an opportunity to read about, discuss, listen to, and experience spoken English in a variety of situations and contexts. The core examples that will be used in class are based on the book by McCarther and Carter (1996), who selected their data from the CANCODE (Cambridge-Nottingham Corpus of Discourse English), a five million word corpus of spontaneous, everyday English speech. The students will also learn to use selected tools and methodology to deal with spoken data in order to answer questions about psychology of language production and comprehension (e.g. Chafe 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003; Tomasello 2014). Hands-on experiential approach, active (task-based) student participation, experimentation and critical evaluation of source materials will be encouraged.  Example questions: Can we provide a list of functions that speech serves? What are the features of spoken language? Is spoken language homogenous, or does the term spoken really refer to many different modes of language production? How long are the sequences of words we usually produce? How to store spoken English on a computer? What are the units to use in the analysis of speech? How are pauses important? Do gestures help when we speak? Can one attempt a list of situations in which people use language? These and some other questions will been explored to encourage students to reflect on their own interests in view of the task of writing their BA project next year.

3. Psycholinguistic aspects of language learning, dr A. Parr-Modrzejewska
This course aims to inspire interest in psychological aspects present in applied linguistics both at theoretical and practical level.
•    In this course we are going to take a closer look at some of the processes connected to language acquisition, learning and teaching.
•    We will look at how languages are learnt and how they influence each other.
•    We are going to analyze some research findings to see how they inform modern teaching practice.
•    We will use a number of psychometric tools to establish, among others, the level of our language aptitude, cognitive flexibility, learning style and memory.
The course offers insight into some of the most fascinating mental processes accompanying language learning and acquisition, and a practical opportunity to learn more about ourselves and discover our potential.

4. Doing things with words – sociolinguistic aspects of language use, dr hab. I. Witczak-Plisiecka, prof. UŁ
This class focuses on speech actions – functional units of language. It explores the relation between discourse, society and the individual. We start with the concept of speech acts and speech actions and move towards the sociolinguistic  interface to see how the language that people use, either spontaneously or due to premeditated choice, can create and maintain their identity, whether national, regional, gender-oriented, social and professional, or other. The course is addressed to students interested in how language works and what it does or can do. This actional perspective is explored with reference to short fragments of interactions performed in professional settings (e.g. in the interface of language and law), in fictional discourse (examples culled from films, internet, and literature with different styles, codes, and registers), and classroom discourse (e.g. teacher-students interaction).

5. Introduction to Corpora and Corpus Linguistics, dr hab. P. Krakowian, prof. UŁ
The course aims to:
•    provide a practical introduction to corpus linguistics;
•    provide hands-on experience with available corpus resources and tools;
•    introduce non-threatening statistical procedures behind corpus based and corpus driven research
•    help develop skills for building DIY corpora;
•    help develop students’ ability in corpus-based language studies with respect to
-language education and corpora in EFL classrooms
-literary and stylistic studies
-critical discourse analysis
-translation practice

Przedmiot orientujący A (czwartek 15.15-16.45)
1. British Cinema: The Unknown Cinema? dr A. Rasmus
The objective of the course is to familiarise students with the main trends and developments in British cinema and society. We will examine key films spreading across decades from the 1960s to the present. We will discuss close links between British cinema and Hollywood, kitchen-sink, realism, heritage cinema and British screen masculinity (e.g. Michael Caine, Hugh Grant). This will allow us to investigate crucial socio-cultural phenomena such as the cultural revolution in the 1960s, Punk subculture in the 1970s, Thatcherism, Cool Britannia as well as the rise of the underclass. Some titles to consider: Alfie, This is England, A Room with a View, The Full Monty, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Fish Tank and others.

2. Encounters with Cultural Otherness, dr hab. D. Filipczak, prof. UŁ
The course will focus on the fiction by English-speaking migrants and indigenous writers from countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, Nigeria etc. Texts interpreted during the class will show how identities are constructed by sharing stories. Films will be used in order to highlight relevant issues. Students will be graded on the basis of their participation in discussions and oral presentations at the end of the semester.

3. Northern Ireland in Cinema, dr hab. J. Kruczkowska
The course will focus on modern Irish cinema and films concerning the situation in Northern Ireland. It will involve the work of the most renowned directors in the field, such as Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, Alan Parker and Paul Greengrass. The themes relate to history and politics (with the emphasis on the Northern Irish conflict), social issues (emigration and immigration), etc. The course looks at different perspectives on the events in Northern Ireland, touching upon criticism and film technique.

Przedmiot orientujący B (wtorek 15.15-16.45)
1. Woman Became a Poet As Well: Female Poets and American Modernism, dr A. Piechucka
“When woman will be freed from unending servitude, when she too will live for and by her self, man – so abominable up until now – having given her freedom, will see her become a poet as well! Women will discover the unknown! Will her world of ideas differ from ours? She will find strange, unfathomable, repugnant, delicious things; we will take them in, we will understand,” Arthur Rimbaud wrote in 1871. The aim of the course is to examine the way the French poet’s prophesy fulfilled itself four decades later on American soil. Coinciding with the first wave of feminism, the modernist period in American literature produced a number of fascinating women poets. The work of authors as diverse as Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein or H.D. will be the subject of the course.

2. Like Totally ‘80s!: Exploring a Pivotal Decade, dr M. Tardi
Big hair. Big cars. Embarrassing fashion. New Wave music. The AIDS epidemic. MTV. This course is an exploratory seminar which will consider the lasting effects and influences of the 1980s in America through landmark work at the time. The work of prominent figures such as Michael Jackson, John Hughes, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Alice Walker, Prince, Bret Easton Ellis, Don DeLillo, Bill Cosby, and others will be examined critically and in a wider context. What do the various works reveal about prevailing concerns at the time? What fears persist? How are racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic differences portrayed? What impact can be seen today?

3. What has made the British British: fact and representation, dr A. Łowczanin
During these classes we are going to have a closer look at various facets of British identity, and examine historical factors which have shaped it. The course will centre on three main issues: gender, class, and national identity. We shall start by examining Virginia Woolf’s essays to focus on the expression of feminist consciousness during the first wave of feminism. Essays by George Orwell and novels by Evelyn Waugh, Kazuo Ishiguro and Sarah Waters will be analysed as examples of post-war anxieties connected with the redefinition of class and social belonging. Finally, the problems of nationality and multiculturalism will be examined from the angle of colonialism, born with the idea of the British Empire, and postcolonialism, the consequence of its downfall. In this closing part of the course we shall examine the rewriting of the myth of Robinson Crusoe in the novel by Nobel-prize winning J.M Coetzee, and test the relevance of Englishness in the works of Hanif Kureishi, which successfully combine the problems of gender and identity, and grapple with the themes of tradition, religion, ethnicity, and a sense of belonging.


 

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