LS2EG-English Grammar

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: LS1SG Sounds, Grammar and Meaning LS1ELS English Language and Society
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: LS2EP English Phonology
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Jackie Laws


Summary module description:

This module aims to build on the Grammar and Meaning lectures at Part 1 in LS1SG by further exposition of the morphological and syntactic systems within the larger system of the English language; and to provide a basis for applied work in the areas of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, forensic studies and corpus-based approaches to language analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • identify and explain the major linguistic elements and structures of English at the levels of morphology and syntax;
  • locate and assemble information on the linguistic treatment of the morpho-syntax of the English language;
  • appraise critically the evidence for certain views and analyses of the English language;
  • organise their knowledge and articulate their arguments effectively in writing.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources and databases.

Outline content:
This module provides the student with the opportunity to develop a working knowledge of the major categories and processes of English grammar. Topics covered include clause and constituent analysis; clause types; grammatical functions; an analysis of the noun phrase; adjectives and determiners; and the analysis of the grammatical attributes of the verb: tense, aspect and modality.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and self-study exercises.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Practicals classes and workshops 5
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Class test administered by School 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The assessment schedule for this module is a class test.

In Week 11 of the Autumn term, students will sit a 2-hour paper requiring parsing of sentences (20%) and answering short questions on the grammar topics covered (80%).

Formative assessment methods:
Weekly parsing exercises posted on Blackboard

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination by a similar 2 hour paper at a time to be arranged (session to be held before 22 August in the Summer following the academic year in which the module was taken).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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