Module Details

LG101-4-FY-CO: Skills For The Linguistics Of English

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Language and Linguistics
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: Yes
Comments: None

Supervisor: Prof Andrew Spencer
Teaching Staff: Prof. Andrew Spencer
Contact details: Prof. A. Spencer - Office: 4.334, Tel: 01206 872188, Email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module teaches students to analyse English with an emphasis on practical skills. We cover the main aspects of grammar: phonology and pronunciation, word structure and word meaning, sentence structure and sentence meaning, as well as selected aspects of text structure. The content of the module complements for the most part that of LG105. There is only a modest degree of overlap. Even though the LG105 module tends to be based on English language material, the actual coverage is somewhat different. One of the aims of the module is to prepare students so that they not only understand the structure of English sufficiently to be able to describe it in linguistic terms, but also so that they can explain some of the more contentious points of English grammar in lay terms, in a manner that a non-specialist can understand. Part of the discussion at various points in most classes will therefore tie in with questions of prescriptive rules as opposed to the actual practice of speakers, as well as the difference between spoken and written norms. There will be a strong emphasis on developing practical communication skills, taking the linguistic problems as a basis. Students will have to research linguistic questions using internet and other sources and will have to present their analyses to audiences including non-linguists in the form of data-projector.

Learning outcomes

*identify and classify linguistic elements and structures, using information from key works on the lexicon and linguistic structure of English.

*collect, compile and synthesize information from a range of sources (lectures/seminars/classes, journals, books, internet etc.), identifying those ideas or findings which are most significant.

*describe and analyse aspects of English language, using appropriate terminology, techniques and tools.

*make use of relevant ICT tools to present and organize information.

*communicate ideas, information and arguments in a structured, coherent and cohesive fashion, in a manner which is relevant, focused, effective, and clear, using appropriate style, format, and terminology.

*work autonomously and in a group, showing organisation, self-discipline and time management, responding constructively to feedback and learning new material and techniques.

Learning and Teaching Methods

1xhr lecture, 1x1hr class, 20 weeks


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Other details

The course is assessed entirely by coursework and class presentations. Assignment 1 (5%) Reflective essay Week. 4. Assignment 2 (30%) Essay on grammatical construction. Week 11. Assignment 3 (10%) Handout/presentation. Week 20. Assignment 4 (20%) Report on presentation. Week 25. Assignment 5 (10%) Poster. Week 31. Assignment 6 (20%) Report on poster presentation. Week 31. Assignment 7 (5%) Reflective summary. Week 32.

Other information

This Module is available to:

* International Programme Students
* Erasmus Students
* Outside Option

This module taught in the following terms: Autumn, Spring


  • Reading list:
  • Kuiper, K and W. Scott Allen (2010) An Introduction to English Language. Basingstoke, Palgrave (1st and 2nd editions can be consulted too).
  • Lecumberi, M-Luisa Garcia & John. A. Maidment (2000) English Transcription Course. London: Hodder.

Further information