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    English Grammar in Context
    ENGL E320
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    English Grammar in Context
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2019
    Course Level
    Higher
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Credits
    10
    Language
    English
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    12,500
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Quota and Schedule
    Course
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Language
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2019
    Higher 2 terms 10
    English
    12,500
    Aut 2020

    Course Coordinator: Dr April Liu, BA (Sun Yat-sen University); MPhil (HKU); PhD (HKU)

    Course Developer: The Open University, UK, Course Team

    As this is a higher level grammar course, students are strongly advised to have already taken ENGL A202 The Structure of Modern English or the equivalent before attempting this course.

    Aims
    This course aims to help learners acquire:

    • An understanding of the major characteristics of English grammar;

    • Skills in grammatical analysis and interpretation in order to gain an insight into how English ’works‘ in real-life contexts;

    • Skills in applying grammatical understanding in order to evaluate and, where appropriate, improve the quality of spoken and written texts.

    Contents
    The course is designed for students needing an up-to-date framework for describing and analysing the English language as used in the world today. The course includes the following:

    • Corpus and grammatical description

    • The units of grammar -- function and form in spoken and written English

    • The noun phrase and the verb phrase

    • Understanding complexity in and around clauses

    • Intonation, ways of speaking -- exploring linguistic variability

    • Packaging and staging information

    • Positioning and persuading

    • The grammar of social roles and relationships

    • Construing human experience -- grammar, representation and point of view

    • Organizing messages; making a text hang together -- the role of lexical cohesion and grammatical devices.

    Learning support
    This course involves 300 study hours. There will be ten face-to-face tutorials.

    Assessment
    There will be five assignments and an examination at the end of the course. Except for some designated assignments, students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Equipment
    Students will need access to multimedia components on the Online Learning Environment (OLE). This can be accessed via computers/mobile devices.

    Set book
    Biber, D, Conrad, S and Leech, G (2002) Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English, Harlow, UK: Pearson Educational Limited.

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