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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ELA2008 Module Title: ENGLISH GRAMMAR SEM2 - EX
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: ELA2008
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: HOWARD CJ Mrs (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 5 Number of ECTS credits: 2.5
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
One take-home assignment
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.
Successful completion of HE1 or equivalent.
Module Aims
  • Give a general grounding in advanced level of grammar
  • Enable students to analyse the structure of sentences, clauses and phrases
Learning Outcomes
 By the end of the course students will be able to:
  • use items such as passives, cleft sentences, prepositions and adverbs with a high degree of accuracy
  • analyse the sentence, the clause, the verb phrase, the noun phrase, the adjectival phrase, the prepositional phrase and the adverbial phrase.
  • Consider the descriptive and  the notional-functional approaches to grammar
Module Content
An indicative content is provided below:

Major and minor sentences
Elements of clauses
Verb phrases
Noun phrases
Adjectival phrases
Adverbial phrases
Prepositional phrases
Cleft sentences
Notional-functional approach to grammar
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 and Svartvik, J (2003), A Communicative Grammar of English, 3rd Edition,  Harlow: Pearson Education Limited
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