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Goal and content minor
The English Language and Culture Minor is meant for students interested in English, and in the literatures and cultures that make use of that language. As a global language, English is a useful means of communication in all fields of study. The Minor offers an obligatory component of advanced English proficiency, comparable to what first-year students of English are taught.
Preparation for a Master's programme
This Minor provides a good preparation for the following Master's programmes:
- Comparative Literary Studies
- Interculturel Communication
- Literature Today
- Meertaligheid en taalverwerving (with sufficient courses in linguistics)
- New Media & Digital Culture (depends on chosen set of courses)
- Gender Studies (Research)
The minor begins with a linguistics course which adopts an articulatory phonetics-based approach to pronunciation and ear-training, addresses grammatical differences between English and Dutch and invites students to give presentations. The focus then shifts to literature and culture from the second course onward: students learn a basic critical vocabulary, engage with genre, further enhance their presentation skills and construct properly-referenced academic essays. These skills are then practised and applied in the two survey courses in blocks 3 and 4, which approach British and American literature, respectively, from historical and cultural perspectives. Students are expected to report critically on their reading experiences in speech and writing with a very high degree of accuracy. Successful minor students improve their command of the English language, in writing, speaking, listening and reading to C1 level; they learn to analyse English literary texts from a historical perspective and gain a general sense of the development of English-language literature and culture over the last four centuries..
The minor English Language and Culture consists of four compulsory courses (30 EC).