Language and literature

The subject of Language and Literature introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non-literary genres. The formal analysis of the texts is complemented with the awareness that the meaning is not fixed, but can change in relation to different contexts.

The course is organized in four parts, each focused on the study of literary or non-literary texts. Together, the four parts of the course allow the student to explore language through its development and cultural use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop literary and textual analysis skills, and also the ability to present their ideas effectively.

Main characteristics of the curriculum and evaluation models

  • Students perform 6 works from a selection of genres, periods and places.
  • Students develop the necessary techniques for the critical analysis of communication, being alert to the interactions between text, audience and purpose.
  • The understanding of how language, culture and context determine the construction of meaning is developed through the exploration of texts, some of which are studied in translation, with a variety of cultures, periods and genres.
  • The evaluation is done through a combination of exams, assignments and oral activities.
  • The formal exam includes two essays, one that requires the analysis of literary and non-literary texts not seen, and the other a response to a question based on the literary works studied.
  • Students also produce written assignments in a variety of genres, and perform two oral activities presenting their analysis of read works.