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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: ELA2002
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: DAMPIER W Ms (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 1 and 2
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Three take-home assignments
Two-hour unseen examination
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module.
Module Overview
This module focuses on the more complex structures of advanced English and will enable students to recognise and analyse these structures and to employ them when producing their own texts. It also focuses on the different approaches to analysing grammar, e.g. prescriptive; descriptive; functional systemic and communicative grammar.
Successful completion of HE1 or equivalent.
Module Aims
  • Give a general grounding in advanced level of grammar
  • Challenge students’ existing notions of what constitutes grammar and encourage reflection on the variety of approaches to understanding it
Learning Outcomes
 By the end of the course students will be able to:
  • use items such as gerunds, infinitives, advanced syntax, prepositions, particles and levels of formality with a high degree of accuracy
  • describe different grammatical approaches – e.g. prescriptive, descriptive, functional- systemic, communicative.
  • use grammatical terminology to describe such areas of grammatical study as form, syntax, cohesion and semantics.
Module Content
An indicative content is provided below:
  • The English verb and tense system
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Noun phrases
  • Adjective phrases
  • Adverbial phrases
  • Different clause types
  • Cohesion
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • “Traditional” grammar versus notional/functional approaches
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Teaching and learning will be in small groups. The stimulus material used in class will be drawn from a variety of texts and contexts. Students will work in pairs and groups to analyse linguistic structures and prepare short presentations of their findings. Students are encouraged to self and peer assess their own target language use and to use reference materials to correct errors.
There will also be discussion around the role of grammar in the field of Linguistics.
Selected Texts/Journals
There is no set text for this course. Materials will be drawn from a range of sources (examples below) and provided by the module tutor during the semester. Students may wish to obtain copies of some of the books below for personal reference.
Recommended Reading:
Greenbaum, S and Quirk, R (1990) A Student’s Grammar of the English Language, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited
Leech, G (2004), Meaning and the English Verb, 3rd Edition, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited
Leech, G and Svartvik, J (2003), A Communicative Grammar of English, 3rd Edition,  Harlow: Pearson Education Limited
Lewis, Michael (1986), The English Verb, Hove: Language Teaching Publications
Swan, Michael (2005), Practical English Usage, 3rd Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Swan, Michael and Walter Catherine (1997), How English Works, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Van Gelderen, Elly (2002), An Introduction to the Grammar of English, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company
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