Department of English Literature - Features of the Curriculum

As of the 2005 academic year, the Department of English Literature has implemented smaller class sizes, following through on the universityfs standing commitment to small-group education. This style of instruction allows for more meaningful interaction both between teachers and students, and among students themselves. Naturally, the curriculum also includes larger lecture-style classes which complement the smaller classes. These classes become the core of studentsf study and research activities.

Students review the fundamentals of English in their first year with the department, and receive guidance in writing their graduation thesis in their final year. Full-time faculty members are in charge of the first yearfs review of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and listening.

Graduation thesis guidance involves interaction with instructors in small classes. Students individually refine their sensitivities and deepen their thinking, in pursuit of the ultimate goal of true communication with others. The graduation thesis is the ultimate expression, of this process.

Each grade of 40 students is divided into 3 conversation classes conducted by native speakers of English, where they improve their practical communicative competence. Classes in logical thought and expression are open to all Faculty of Literature students. Here, students may consider the characteristics of their mother tongue in consultation with their peers and instructors. The Department of English Literature offers practical career benefits to students since classes taken in the Department of English count as credits towards an English teaching licence for secondary school.