Undergraduate Course: Introduction to English Grammar (LLLI07026)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Grammar is a subject that is widely and enthusiastically discussed, but the participants in that discussion frequently rely on outdated and incorrect information. As a result, many who listen to the discussion are confused, and feel insecure about their knowledge of grammar. The aim of this course is to dispel the myths and replace them with a solid foundation based on linguistic research.
THIS IS A CREDIT COURSE OFFERED BY THE CENTRE FOR OPEN LEARNING (COL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH COL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.
The course will begin with an introduction to the academic study of language and a rapid overview of the way English is structured. Each class from that point will centre on a topic mentioned in the introduction, including (a) parts of speech; (b) clause types and structure; (c) subordination and coordination; (d) morphology; and (e) information packaging. Outdated, incorrect information will be looked at, discarded and replaced by more rigorous approaches.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 2
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment 1: One hour-long test (multiple-choice and short-answer questions) sat after the end of the course (100% of the total course mark).
The summative assessment will test Learning Outcomes 1-4 and allow students to demonstrate their readiness for further study in linguistics (LO5).
All students will have the opportunity to sit a practice test mid-way through the course. This will be returned with feedback in time to help them prepare for the summative assessment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- use technical terms to describe and evaluate English sentences;
- describe English grammar from a scientific perspective;
- clearly articulate the meaning that a given sentence supports;
- describe factors that distinguish good and bad writing;
- engage in further study in linguistics with confidence.
|Indicative reading list |
Huddleston, R. and Pullum, Geoffrey K., 2005. A Student¿s Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Huddleston, R. and Pullum, Geoffrey K., 2002. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Language Log (various), 2003-. Available at: «http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/» [Accessed 1 Mar 2016]
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||By the end of the course students should have strengthened their skills in written English and participation in group discussion.
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832