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EL10705: Introduction to English linguistics

[Page last updated: 27 May 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Skills Centre
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 1
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 33%, EX 33%, OT 34%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 33%)
  • Presentation (EX 33%)
  • Assignment (OT 34%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: Having completed this unit students will be able to:
* Identify and discuss the kinds of linguistic knowledge that all language users possess, i.e. word formation, sentence structure, meaning and the sound patterns of the language;
* Use a variety of theoretical approaches to analyse the syntax of English;
* Analyse and discuss informal spoken discourse in terms of linguistic theory;
* Analyse and discuss formal (written and spoken) discourse in terms of linguistic theory;
* Identify and discuss issues relating to sociolinguistics, pragmatics and the global use of English.

Aims: The aim of this course is to provide students with 1) an understanding of theories and concepts relating to structural aspects of the English language; 2) insights into issues surrounding use of the English Language.

* Problem analysis, research and reflection
* Independent working
* Co-operative working
* Problem-solving
* Oral communication and giving a presentation
* Written communication
* Ability to identify and discuss language theory
* Analysis of language using a number of models.

* Historical background
* Phonetics and phonology
* Morphology
* Syntax
* Systemic Functional Grammar
* Semantics and pragmatics
* Spoken discourse
* Written discourse
* Social aspects of language
* Globalization of English.

Programme availability:

EL10705 is Optional on the following programmes:

Academic Skills Centre


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