American Literature

Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






1ère Année Management,Bachelor 1ère année,1ère Année Télécom







Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines


This course explores the national literature of the United States through a survey of excerpts from the colonial to the contemporary period. Students will learn about genres of literature as well as literary movements. In addition to speaking and conversing, this course will place particular emphasis on academic writing. Please note that, given the current context, you must be highly motivated and have the capacity to work well independently if you wish to succeed in this course. If you’re interested in American literature, history, and culture, and if you would like to improve your writing skills, this course is for you.

Acquis d'apprentissage

Students should be able to:
• Understand the key components of the academic writing genre
• Produce basic academic texts in terms of organisation, patterns of argument, cohesion, formality and process.
• Produce complex but clear sentences appropriate to academic genre
• Exercise judgement and flexibility in expressing complex ideas
• Conceive, plan and deliver academic presentations
• Interact effectively in an online ‘classroom’ and webinar setting
• Use techniques to engage in reasoned debate
• Facilitate discussions and show understanding in interpersonal contexts
• Deploy a range of reading techniques to quickly digest large quantities of reading material
• Recognise and reuse key vocabulary and language patterns appropriate to an academic context
• Recognise cultural differences with the target culture


Learners will aim to master the fundamental language of academic English as applicable across a variety of skills and contexts, and work to apply this knowledge in the creation of academic-style documents fit for purpose in an international university. Participating students will be encouraged to apply for an international academic exchange at the end of the first year.

Attentes du cours

Classroom expectations:
The participation grade will be based on the following criteria:
• Punctuality: on-time and ready to work (non-disruptive in time-keeping)
• Motivation: Only speaking English in Class, no use of translation tools
• Professional: Appropriate setting, actions and interaction for professional context.
• Engagement: Participating appropriately in whole-class activities
• Focus / Responsiveness: Remaining focused during teacher input and on class tasks. Responds immediately and appropriately when asked.
• Committed to Homework: Homework delivered on time and to the best of your ability.
• Positive: Contributing to positive class atmosphere


All Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20, unless otherwise stated.

1/3 CF: A written response to given input, produced in an academic style
1/3 CC: Selected Classroom assignments, as detailed by the teacher.
1/3 PP: Presence & Participation (each representing 50% of the PP grade)

Presence: Students will receive credit for attending class regularly, up to a maximum of 1/6 of their total grade. Unjustified absences will thus have a direct impact on student’s overall grade.
Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class, according to the criteria in ‘classroom expectations’

Validating the tandem programme will add 2 bonus points to a student’s CC grade (CC) of the corresponding language course.
It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any missed work in order to avoid these absences further impacting final grades.

CEFR Grade (A1-C2)
Students will be continuously assessed as to their language level relative to the CEFR criteria.
There is NO DIRECT RELATION between a student’s CC/CF/PP and their CEFR level.

For more information, please refer to the LSH website.

Approches pédagogiques

General rules for ‘live’ sessions:
Think ‘COPP’: Camera On (Mic. off unless contributing), Professional, Positive.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning, end, and at random intervals during the class. If a student arrives late, or experiences technical problems, it is the student’s responsibility to signal this to the teacher immediately, and to the Helpdesk if necessary. Absences and lateness, as with any lack of participation, will affect the final grade. Severe lateness will be treated as absence.


Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor

Plan du cours

Course Syllabus: American Literature

1. 28/09 : Colonial Period (background/historical context)
2. 5/10: The Rise of National Literature pt.1 – Federal Age
3. 12/10: The Rise of National Literature pt.2 – Age of Romanticism pt.1
4. 19/10: The Rise of National Literature pt.3 – Age of Romanticism pt.2
5. 2/11: Post Civil War Period / Regionalism
6. 9/11: Post Civil War Period pt.2
7. 16/11: Early 20th Century pt.1
8. 23/11: Early 20th Century pt.2
9. 30/11: Early 20th Century pt.3
10. 7/12: 1.) Contemporary Period Overview
2.) semester recap, writing recap, remaining presentations
11. 14/12: CF1

Fiche mise à jour le 14/09/2020