Literature Syllabus     


Teaching Unit


Coefficient: 1

Credit: 2

Level: First Year


Weekly time:


Aims and Objectives:

ü  Give students an insight about the nature of literature.

ü  Make students aware of differences of literary texts.

ü  Provide students with knowledge about different elements of literature.

ü  Make students know how to discuss a literary text.

ü   Afford students with techniques to detect theme(s) and discuss them in a piece of literature.

Learning Outcomes:

ü  Students can differentiate between different literary genres,

ü  Students will be able to detect characterization, narration, and plot development in prose literature,

ü  Students will be able to discuss figurative language in different literary texts especially in poetry,


ü  Lazar, G. (1993). Literature and Language  Teaching. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.

ü  Thornley,G. &Gwyneth, R. (1984). An Outline of English Literature.  England. Longman Group.

ü  High, B. (1986) An Outline of American Literature. New York. Longman Group.

ü  Doody,M. (1996). The True Story of the Novel. Rutgers.

ü  Kersher,R.B.(1997)The Twentieth Century Novel. Bedford Bks.

ü  Hughes, Terrence and Patin, Claire. (1998). L’analyse Textuelle en Anglais : Narrative Theory, Textuel Practice. Armand Colin, Dunod Paris.


Course Content
First Semester
1-Initiation to Literature ( comparing definitions)

2- Theories of Literature (Imitative, Expressive, and Affective)

3-Initiation to Prose, Poetry and Drama:

Activities: Comparison of short extracts from the three genres.

4- Elements of Literature:

Activities: anecdote

5- Practice of Elements of Literature:

Activities: short story « The ModelMillionaire» by Oscar Wild.

6- Narration (different perspectives)

7- Narration (practice):

Activities:short story written by George Orwell “Shooting anElephant” (difference between 1st (participant) and 3rd (non-participant) points of view).

8- Characterisation: Name/title- Physical Appearance- Speech- Action.

Activities: comparing the short stories

9- Initiation  to the Novel (characteristics)

10. Reading a Short Novel

Activities: Elements of literature-narration- characterisation- themes in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

End of Semester I

First Examination

Second Semester

1.      Initiationto poetry

–        Some definitions of Poetry

–        Its Characteristics

–        Types of poetry ( Lyric, Narrative, Dramatic Poetry)

2.      Elements of Poetry

–        Imagery, Sound, Rhythm, Diction

3.      Sound Patterns

–        Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance, Onomatopeia, Repetition

4.      Figurative Language

–        Metaphor, Simile, Personification, Hyperbole, Apostrophe, Allusion, Irony

Activities: Sound patterns and figures of speech in To My Dear and loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

5.      Initiation to Drama

–        Some Definitions of Drama

–        Origins and a brief history of Drama


6.      Elements of Drama

–        Literary elements, Technical elements, Performance elements

7.      Types of Drama

–        Tragedy, Comedy , Tragicomedy, Melodrama

Activities: Literary elements study in  Macbeth by William Shakespeare 

End of Semester II

Second Examination

Assessment and Evaluation
Continuous Assessment

ü  Participation: 20% (4 pts)

ü  Home work: 20% (4 pts)

ü  Attendance: 10% (2 pts)

Final Assessment

ü Exam 20/20