Please note: We regret that timetabling constraints mean that this module can only be offered to first-year students.
By the end of this module, students will typically:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
You will attend two hours of classes each week, and you are expected to do four additional hours of work on preparation and formative assessment each week.
An introduction to the most important characteristics of the English of different periods, and some major changes in English, set within the background of the linguistic and sociolinguistic development of the English language. Practical work in vocabulary and morphology will develop your analytic skills and give you an understanding of the nature of our evidence for the history of English.
The Old English language within a comparative Germanic framework, learned to a level that will permit you to read simple prose with a glossary. This part of the module will be taught in lectures and seminars and using the University VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
For the autumn term you will need ONE of:
The first is written for the general reader. It is easier to read, but less structured. The second is a textbook. It is less appealing as a read, but easier to see what you should be getting from it.
You are expected to complete regular written assignments, to prepare for class discussion and for oral presentations in class, and to participate in group work. In terms 2 and 3, some of the formative assessment will use the VLE.
To help you assess your progress there is an obligatory in-class test which takes place in Week 1 of Term 2.