Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Grammar

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for English Language Proficiency

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will provide grammatical description and clarify how grammar works and why it is relevant today. It looks at the distinction between prescriptive and descriptive grammar. It will generate a common understanding of the central concerns related to grammar learning and teaching.

Study-unit Aims

The study-unit aims at:
- assisting students to describe grammar;
- guiding students toward understanding grammar in terms of teaching-learning problems or challenges;
- introducing students to different aspects of the grammar of English;
- providing students with the space to explore some of the major learning problems learners have with grammar;
- showing the relevance of grammar in the learning and teaching of English.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- identify form, meaning and function in the basic units of grammar;
- describe simple/complex noun groups and post-modification;
- describe simple/complex verb groups;
- identify different grammatical aspects of cohesion;
- clarify ideas on why certain descriptions work and others do not;
- clarify concepts related to specific grammatical issues.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- practise in creating specific grammar tasks;
- identify and address learners' problems with learning grammar;
- decide on appropriate strategies for any given grammatical point, and for a given group of learners.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Carter, R. McCarthy, M.J., Mark, G. and O’Keeffe, A. (2011) English Grammar Today, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- O’Keeffe, A., McCarthy, M. and Carter, R. 2007. From Corpus to Classroom: Language Use and Language Teaching, Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
- Quirk, Randolph, S. Greenbaum, G. Leech, and J. Svartvik. 1985. A comprehensive grammar of the English language. London: Longman.

Other texts as necessary

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: BA (Hons), BA, B Ed (Hons) with a specialisation in English, or equivalent

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Geraldine Maria Mark
Odette Vassallo

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