Department of English Language and Literature

We live in a world where English is a global language and the Department of English Language and Literature is aimed at producing English experts who are equipped with advanced English skills and understanding of English-speaking societies and culture. The Department develops practical communications skills by strengthening students’ speaking, listening and writing skills and providing opportunities for internships, overseas language programs and student exchange programs. The curriculum which includes courses and research in English literature, English-speaking societies and culture, is designed to broaden students’ global perspective.

Location : Rm.109, Hanul Hall

Tel : 82-2-940-5360

Fax : 82-2-940-9274

Website : http://english.kwangwoon.ac.kr

Course Descriptions

English Composition

The purpose of this course is for the first-year English majors to practice and fine-tune basic forms of English writing at a paragraph level. The class will focus primarily on various types of paragraphs and then move on to writing essays. Students will also learn how to use online resources, including corpus, to independently work on their writing skills.

English Grammar 1

This course looks into English grammar with a focus on various forms of English sentences and the subtleties of their contextual meanings in diverse linguistic contexts.

Introduction to English Literature

This course will conduct a chronological overview of the representative British writers and their works, with a focus on each period's historical events. We will examine how each piece of literature reveals its time, and explore the world of English literature as a mirror reflecting the spirit of each era.

English Debate and Presentation

This course is required for English majors. Accordingly, the focus will be twofold: first, on learning the basics of the extended speech (10 minutes), from drafting, editing to presentation in front of others. Second, we will attempt debate according to the Lincoln-Douglass debate format. Through debate, students will learn various logical fallacies, how to construct arguments, and, finally, various perspectives through which to view controversial topics.

Introduction to American Literature

This course is designed to encourage students to widen their scope of understanding of American society through reading the primary works of major American writers. Students will comprehend many important socio-cultural ideologies and issues and they will be encouraged to discuss them within the context of American society. This course will be a general survey of American literature, beginning with the Puritan and continuing to the twentieth century. The emphasis will rest heavily on intellectual backgrounds of American literature, so students can explore multiple aspects of American society and culture.

English Phonetics and Pronunciation Training

This course studies the basics of English Phonetics and trains students to acquire natural English pronunciation. In addition, frequently mistaken expressions will be practiced thoroughly, by theoretical analysis and practical training.

English Grammar 2

This course is an advanced level of English grammar with a special focus on the form and meaning of actual sentences of modern English. Students will be able to distinguish acceptable and unacceptable English phrases and sentences and to write and speak with a more correct and refined rhetoric.

English Drama Performance

This is a class in which students will practice English through drama. Students will watch drama, analyze drama, and actually perform drama. Students will be expected to actively participate in every class. Students will grow in confidence in speaking in front of people. Students will learn various techniques of acting, while practicing the utilization of their tools for performance.

Introduction to English Linguistics

This course covers the basic concepts of English language and linguistics. The subject covers phonetic and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and their extensions including historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psychological linguistics. Students will have a general grasp of the English language and its theory.

English Morphology & Vocabulary Teaching

This course covers two different topics: word-formation rules in English and teaching English vocabulary. The first half of the semester will be spent on morphological rules in English, including the following topics; morphemes, allomorphy, affixation, productivity, mental lexicon, derivation, and compounding, and the second half on how to teach English vocabulary, focusing on psychological learning mechanism and teaching/learning methods.

Movies and English Culture

This course will study various elements of Anglo-American culture by analyzing a number of British and American films. It will also point out some fundamental problems inherent in Anglo-American culture, as reflected in those films, and attempt to find appropriate solutions to those problems. Furthermore, this course will examine how Anglo-American culture tends to be modernized, popularized, and globalized through the medium of film.

Language Acquisition and English Teaching

This course discusses how a second language (e.g. English) is acquired by learners who speak different languages (e.g. Korean) and how English education should be carried out for those learners. Central themes of the lectures include, comprehensively, learner corpora and data gathering, roles of first language, interlanguage, theories and approaches, language processing, input/interaction/output hypotheses, classroom language learning, etc. The class will expand discussions on English teaching and learning as well as teaching methodologies.

Marketing Narrative

This course aims to nurture students’ appreciation of a variety of literary and non-literary texts such as autobiography, oration, diary, essays, poetry, short stories, magazine articles, press editorials, photography advertising and commercial narratives. Students will see and assess the use and impact of figure of speech on narrative effectiveness and also look at how diverse industries employ marketing strategies to achieve their goals.

Translation Practice

This course aims to improve the competence in English-to-Korean and Korean-to-English translation, which is a necessary linguistic knowledge in the interlingual and intercultural global communities. Another goal is to open the door to the road of practical, professional translators. Lectures include translation history and theories, translator’s competence, translation technique, translation errors, and machine translation and post-editing. Especially, at the half of the semester, students learn the concept of machine translation and the method for post-editing.

Current English

This course helps students to acquire a variety of English expressions and bring out international issues and topics to discuss about. Students will read news articles and explore divergent viewpoints therein and gain reading and oral competence and enlarge their knowledge spectrum. Students will ultimately develop English reading, speaking, and listening skills through discussion and presentation.

English and Language as Science

This course deals with English syntax, sentence level grammar, from grammar-as-science perspectives. Grammar is a scientific matter which must be approached in terms of scientific research methods. Scientific research is argumentation process in which several hypotheses are compared and competed against one another. Students will be able to build their own argument to compete with other alternatives about English syntax.

Cognition and Metaphorical Thinking

This course examines how various metaphorical and metonymic expressions can be analyzed and interpreted. This course will introduce important cognitive concepts needed to understand the mechanisms involving the production and understanding of metaphorical and metonymic expressions.

Development of English Education Programs

This course aims to explore pedagogical, empirical, practical, and theoretical issues regarding language learning and teaching in technology-mediated contexts. The course has three overarching goals: (1) to continuously improve students' use of technology for learning and teaching English; (2) to help students to understand theoretical and pedagogical concepts of teaching and learning English with technology; and (3) to facilitate students' development as a professional in their desired career field.

Digital Editing

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of electronic publication and develop skills to edit online English text contents. Students will deal with various kinds of editing skills using the EPub Editor Sigil and HTML language. Practicing editing skills, students make plans for their own E-publishing, and complete their projects. This course helps students have competence in creating online English contents and distribute it through E-publishing. Students will ultimately understand how they can create and manage their own contents and apply it online and in the field of E-publication.

English Drama and Practical English

This course aims to develop the four skills in the English language--listening, speaking, reading and writing--by using drama scripts and their video images. It will also teach the main elements of drama as well as some important aspects of Anglo-American culture.

World Englishes

This course deals with a variety of the English language from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives. This courses conducts a linguistic and socio-historical review of the origin of British and American English and their varieties worldwide. English as a global language will also be tackled including English in Korea issues. Students will understand the origin, development, and varieties of the English language.

Contrastive Analysis of English and Korea

This course systematically conducts a contrastive analysis of English and Korean, in order to highlight the possible errors made by Korean English learners. The course will cover systematic and accidental gaps between English and Korean in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

Essay Writing and Writing Education

This course aims to help students improve their writing skills in English. It is particularly designed for students to expose to various types of English sentence and essay structures, and practice writing in English. The goal of this course is to train students to acquire the basics of academic writing in English and apply them to their writing. In this course, students review rules in English grammar and learn the correct use of punctuation. They will also study the writing process, style, syntax, and arguments, so they ultimately learn how to produce research papers, argumentative/persuasive essays, and academic writing.

Studies in Material Development

The main goal of the course is to have students gain a critical view on English textbooks in terms of analysis, evaluation, and development of the teaching/learning materials. The learning procedure is designed as problem-based; real-world problems will be given to students and students are to explore independently to identify and solve the problems.

English Corpus Linguistics

This course is an introduction to linguistic research methods to create and analyze large collections of text or speech material. This approach applies in any linguistic sub-discipline and efficiently manages very large-scale language data in natural communicative settings. The goal of this course is to give of the basic concepts and techniques used in quantitative analysis for corpus linguistics.

Career Development and Employment Strategies

This course helps students to navigate and plan their career paths. Students will acquire field knowledge and skills from guest speakers – experts from various fields in the industry. Students will get trained on job searching, including how to write a resume and cover letter. The first half of the program will be run by the school, and the second half by the department.

Language and Society

This course is based on the discussion of the relationship between language and society and the various functions of language in society. Social structures can influence or determine language structures and behaviors, and speak different languages depending on age, class, and gender. By studying the problems of language in accordance with these regional and social differences, we recognize the importance of language in our society and learn examples of English usage in culture. The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to understand and use language appropriate to the language by studying subjects such as language variation, language and sex, language and culture, etc.

Reading Masterpieces in English

This course will conduct intensive readings and discussions on the most selected and influential masterpieces written in English.

British & American Novel and Storytelling

Reading various texts, students will not merely comprehend useful expressions each literary work conveys but they will also delve into deep inside the consciousness of the writers and try to figure out what they aim to express in their literary work. In classroom students will read important literary works and study how each literary work reflects various socio-cultural facets of the society where the author belongs. Our discussion will lead students to a developed level where they can generate their own analytical skills and arguments. Students will learn vocabulary as well as various forms of expression by reading each new text. At the middle part of the semester they will also be given a chance to create their own short story.

Capstone Project: English Language and Industry

This course aims to help students to explore the current issues in the field of English industry (e.g. machine translation, English learning app development, English cultural industry), put their knowledge into practice, and develop their ideas. Through this course, students will learn how to collect and synthesize information, critically analyze the collected texts/data, and finally propose original ideas in the form of oral and written presentation. Throughout this course, students will be able to develop their critical and logical thinking ability, alongside creativity.

Language and Mind

This course provides an introduction to the field of psycholinguistics, which is the discipline that explores the psychological processes underlying the acquisition, production, and comprehension of language. The following topics will be covered in class; speech perception and production, lexical processing, sentence processing, bilingual processing, and reading. For a term project, students will be asked to write a research proposal on a small-scale language experiment.

American Literature and Popular Culture

This course is designed to read various facets of modern American society and major ideologies it begets. While reading literary texts written by major American authors, students are going to look at various sociocultural phenomena of American society through the perspective of religion, ideology, collective consciousness, custom, individualism, gender, and race. This course will address such interesting issues as who are Americans, what holds American society together and how Americans shape their own national or personal identity.

ACADEMICS KW University