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ENG145_1

Introduction to the English language

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.


The course introduces students to English descriptive grammar, linguistics, and important terminology used to describe elements of sentences, sentence types, subordinate clauses, adverbials, and the English verbal system.

Learning outcome

Knowledge:
Students will be able to:
  • Identify the elements of an English sentence.
  • Identify the three sentence types in English.
  • Identify types of subordinate clauses in complex sentences.
  • Identify major points of difficulty in English grammar and usage for Norwegian learners of English.

Skills:
Students will be able to:
  • Use grammatical terminology correctly to describe English grammar and usage.
  • Explain major points of difficulty in English grammar and usage for Norwegian learners of English.
  • Correctly use the determiners and pronouns, the present, past, and future verb forms, and the modal verbs of English.
  • Analyze and discuss English grammar and usage in short written texts.
  • Use a variety of sentence types and word order in their writing.
  • Write clear, concise sentences, making good use of parallel structure.
  • Make use of reference works and review grammars to improve their written English.

General competence:
Students will be able to:
  • Describe the structure of the English language and explain correct usage, using terminology learned in the reading and the lectures and seminars.
  • Use a variety of sentence types and write more clearly, concisely, and accurately

Contents

The course introduces students to a descriptive grammar of the English language. Topics covered in the course include the key grammar terms to explain English grammar and usage, the sentence elements, sentence types, adverbials, the verb system of English, types of subordinate clauses, varied word order, and clarity and conciseness in writing. The course addresses points of difficulty for Norwegian learners of English, particularly differences in the use of pronouns and determiners, the present and past tenses, future forms, modal verbs, and passive voice. Further, students will learn strategies to achieve sentence variety and conciseness in their writing. Students will analyze and discuss English usage in short written texts

Required prerequisite knowledge

None.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course presupposes a solid command of written and spoken English.

Exam

Midterm exam and written exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Midterm exam1/34 hoursA - FNone permitted
Written exam2/35 hoursA - FNone permitted
Students must pass the midterm exam in order to sit the final exam. To receive a grade for the course, students must pass both exams.
In addition to the course content, English language and academic writing skills are taken into account in the grading.

Coursework requirements

Attendance at at least 5 seminars
Regular class attendance is strongly recommended since in-class practice comprises an important part of the course. To qualify to sit the finale exam, the student has to attend at least 5 seminars.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Nancy Marie Wood
Programme coordinator
Anne Siri Norland , Karen Marie Espeland , Anne Marie Nygaard

Method of work

Two lectures and one workshop per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Introduction to the English language (LENG145_1) 15
Introduction to the English Language (ENG100_1) 10
Introduction to the English Language (MENG100_1) 10
Uses of English with didactics (ENG180_1) 5
Uses of English with didactics (MENG180_1) 5
Introduction to the English Language (ÅEN100_1) 10

Open to

Open to all students accepted into the One-year course in English or the Bachelor programmes at the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages. Other students must apply within the given deadlines.

Course assessment

Quality control by students is a central element of the UiS plan to improve teaching. In the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages this system includes student evaluation of courses.

Literature

Crystal, David. Rediscover Grammar. Longman.
Crystal, David. Making Sense of Grammar. Longman
Dybdahl, Magne, et al. Introducing English Grammar. Fagbokforlaget (2nd edition).
Hewings, Martin. Advanced Grammar in Use. Cambridge University Press.
Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. Oxford University Press.
N.B. Minor changes to the above texts may occur before the semester start.


This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 13.11.2019

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