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Survey of English Grammar 1

Faculty of Modern Languages

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Department of English

 
 

Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BA English and Applied Studies
 

Status (core, option, free choice)

Core

 

FHEQ Level

1

 

Unit Value

7 ECTS

 

Semester taught

Autumn

 

Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications

None

 

Module Code

ELANG 101

 

Module coordinator

Nadira Aljovic, PhD

 

Applicable From

2012

 

Educational Aims of the Module

  • LANG 101 is the first part of a foundation course in English grammar, designed to give students a thorough understanding of the basic word classes in English, their morphological and syntactic properties, without going into great length about phrases and clauses, their forms and functions.
  • Furthermore, the course will give clear indications as to the particular problems non-native speakers (especially Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) of English experience in the use of English. Lastly, certain aspects of linguistic description, relevant for foreign language learning, will also be introduced (such as a descriptive approach in linguistics, concepts of language competence and language use), which will help the students put this course in the perspective of modern language study.
  • Due to its all-encompassing nature, the course is divided into two sections i.e. ELANG 101 and ELANG 102 in the autumn and spring semesters of Year 1 respectively.
  • This dual course will be complemented by ELANG 110, ELANG 120 and ELANG 130- proficiency, academic writing and basic translation courses aimed at solidify the detailed grammar overview provided by ELANG 101 and 102.
 

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Negatives and Questions. Polarity items.
  • Non-Finites - Infinitives, Gerunds, Participles, and Absolutes. Distribution. Finite Verb + NonfiniteVerb Constraints. Complementation. 
  • Adverbs – Formation, Position in a Sentence, Comparison. Common pitfalls.
  • Prepositions -  Overview of prepositions, with special emphasis on common prepositions and transfer problems, and verb + preposition collocations 
  • Complex Sentences – Coordination and Subordination. A brief overview of coordinators, subordinators, subordinate clauses, their types and functions.
  • Abbreviating Sentences. Ellipsis and Pro-forms. 
  • A Taste of Theoretical Syntax.  Some claims on syntactic theory (de Saussure, Chomsky, Generative Grammar (labelled bracketing and syntactic trees, HPSG, Feature Theory etc.)– per instructor's decision. 
  • Grammar in the Schools. – Overview of methods of teaching grammar.
 

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 15 2 hours 30 hours
Tutorials 15 3 hours 45 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 100
Total Contact Hours 75
Total Engagement Hours 175
 

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Exam 1 3 hrs 50% End of semester
Midterm Test 1 2 hrs 25% Mid-semester
Subject tests and
assignments
3 Tests app.
1.5 hrs each
25% Weeks 4 and 13
 

Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Presentations by the module convenor. (ILO: 1-4)
  • Practical classes (seminars) that review course presentations, and include group discussions. (ILO: 1-4) 
  • Exercises, readings and assignments as a follow-up to course presentations, or as part of seminars. (ILO: 1-4)
  • Individual consultations with students as needed. (ILO: 1-4)
  • Presentations by the module convenor. (PS: 1-4)
  • Practical classes (seminars) that review course, and include group discussions. (PS: 1-4)
  • Exercises, readings and assignments as a follow-up to course presentations, or as part of seminars. (PS: 1-4)
  • Individual consultations with students as needed. (PS: 1-4)
  • Practical classes (seminars) that review course, and include group discussions. (TS: 1-4)
  • Exercises, readings and assignments as a follow-up to course presentations, or as part of seminars. (TS: 1-4) 
  • Individual consultations with students as needed. (TS: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy

  • Midterm -  25%(ILO: 1-4)
  • Other coursework (Assignments and quizzes)  - 25% (ILO: 1-4) 
  • Final Exam – 50% (ILO: 1-4)
  • Midterm -  25% (PS: 1-4)
  • Other coursework (Assignments and quizzes) - 25%  (PS: 1-4) 
  • Final Exam – 50% (PS: 1-4)
  • Midterm -  25% (TS: 1-4)
  • Other coursework (Assignments and quizzes)  - 25%(TS: 1-4)
  • Final Exam  – 50% (TS: 1-3)
 

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Biber, D., Conrad S., Leech, G. (2002). Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Essex: Pearson Longman.

Supplementary Materials

  • *Riđanović, M. (2007). Praktična engleska gramatika (A Practical English Grammar), 2nd edition. Sarajevo: TDK Šahinpašić. (selected chapters) Quirk, R. & Greenbaum, S. (1973). A University Grammar of English. Essex: Pearson Longman. (excerpts) Fromkin, V. & Rodman, R. (1993). An Introduction to Language. Harcourt Brace College Publishers. (chapters 1, 2 (sections)) *Riđanović, M. (1998) Jezik i njegova struktura (Language and Its Structure). Sarajevo: TDK Šahinpašić. (chapter 3 (sections))
    * These two textbooks are in Bosnian and are only used as a reading material to introduce students to Bosnian linguistic terminology used in the description of English grammar

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.  More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.  The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

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