课程名称：英国文学 British literature
British literary history covers the development of British literature over time, specifically focusing on how literature reflects public sentiment and how literature has been a vehicle in progressing the English language.
Through analysing literary sources, students will discover how literature and the role of the author have changed from the time of the Roman invasion to early-mid 20th century postcolonialism. Each lesson has an individual focus from within a broader period, thus students are gradually exposed to the themes of historical periods of time over two or three lessons. By the end of the course students will be able to understand how key events in British history shaped British literature and, ultimately, public thought.
Over the duration of the course students will acquire analytical skills and be repeatedly exposed to literary lexis that will form the basis of the discussions, roleplays, debates and historical investigations they will engage in during class. By understanding British historical knowledge and considering historical circumstances when assessing works of literature, students will have a deep-rooted understanding of the factors that influenced writers throughout British history. Students are required to read a piece of British literature over the duration of the course, coming to class each week with several observations from their reading that week. At the end of the course, students will submit a source analysis essay on their chosen book. Additionally, students will be assigned writing assignments periodically over the course. These are designed to assess and develop analytical sub-skills such as critical reading, independent thinking, language analysis and inferred meaning. Students that are able to comprehend the interaction between texts, language and historical significance with prominent scholarly conclusions will achieve high grades.
Jack Webster来自英格兰默西塞德郡德比，并于2015年来到中国。他是上海科技大学的一名英 孚教育合作部门的英语老师。
Jack Webster is from Merseyside, England, and moved to China in 2015. He is an English language teacher with EF Academic Partnerships based at ShanghaiTech University.
He has experience teaching a wide range of English language courses, and employ conscientiousness and determination in his work. So as to maximise students’ potential, he tries to facilitate student discovery by creating an interactive, stimulating environment. He has particular expertise in British literature and history, two disciplines he believes encourage critical thinking and independent judgement. These are fundamental skills students require for further educational and professional development. His specific research interests lie in the formation of collective identities, the development of language and language identity. He has experience delivering lectures on these subjects and will deliver more in the near future.
Within EF Academic Partnerships he is also involved in the development of innovative courses that are taught across the ESL field of teaching in Shanghai. These courses aim to standardise the ESL learning experience at universities by pairing contemporary teaching techniques with relevant, engaging topics to develop a student’s core language skills.
Before he began teaching he studied History at the University of Derby, achieving first class honours. His professional teaching career started in Italy, an experience that gave him the desire to continue teaching abroad. He has since attained several teaching qualifications, including a Cambridge English teaching certificate, and he is currently in the process of achieving more teaching qualifications.
Jack is delighted to work at ShanghaiTech University, and he is enthusiastic about continuing his professional development at this contemporary, progressive university.