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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ELA2007 Module Title: ENGLISH GRAMMAR SEM1 - EX
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: ELA2007
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: HOWARD CJ Mrs (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 5 Number of ECTS credits: 2.5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Two equally-weighted take-home assignments
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. traditional; prescriptive; descriptive; 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:
  • describe different grammatical approaches – e.g. traditional, prescriptive, descriptive, communicative.
  • use grammatical terminology to describe such areas of grammatical study as tense and time; modality and mood.
  • use items such as phrasal verbs, nouns, determiners and the subjunctive with a high degree of accuracy
Module Content
An indicative content is provided below:
  • Approaches to analysing grammar
  • The English verb and tense system
  • Nouns
  • Determiners
  • Morphology
  • Phrasal verbs
  • The subjunctive
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. Students are encouraged to self and peer assess their own target language use and to use reference materials to correct errors.
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
Katamba, F and Stonham, J (2006) Morphology, 2nd Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
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
Last Updated
14 December 2010