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Old English II



In this module you will develop your understanding of the linguistic system of Old English beyond the introductory level covered in Old English I. This knowledge will be developed and supported through data analysis and close, linguistically informed readings of Old English texts.

By the end of this module, students will:

  • have developed a deeper understanding of the grammar of Old English
  • have learned to read and analyse more advanced Old English texts, including poetry, in a linguistically informed way
  • have an understanding of some of the major aspects of the linguistic system of Old English (phonology, morphology, and syntax)

This module will be capped at 35.



Students must have successfully completed:

  • E37I Old English I (LAN00037I)

Or Anglo-Saxon Literature (ENG00012I) with permission of the instructor.



Contact hours

A minimum of 24 contact hours, made up of lectures, seminars and practicals.

Teaching programme*

2 Review Old English grammar
3-5 Reading Old English prose
7-10 Reading and analysing Old English poetry

*Note that the programme is provisional and the timings may change.

Teaching materials

We will use the following textbook:

  • Marsden, Richard (2015) The Cambridge Old English Reader. 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press.

Other materials will be provided on the VLE.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment and feedback

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Exercises with oral or written feedback as appropriate.
  • Reading of Old English texts with oral feedback on developing reading and analytic skills.

Summative assessment and feedback

  • Open exam
    • Due: during the Christmas vacation
    • Weight: 50%
  • Closed exam
    • Spring Term Week 1
    • Length: 2 hours
    • Weight: 50%

Written feedback on summative assignments will be provided within 4 weeks.


Transferable skills developed in this module

All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.

In addition, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in the application of data analysis skills. In this module you will have the opportunity to analyse primary linguistic data (Old English texts). You will apply your existing linguistic knowledge and skills to solve new problems and tackle new questions.

Follow this link to hear how past students use transferable skills from their degree in their current jobs.

About this module

  • Module name
    Old English II
  • Course code
    E51H (LAN00051H)
  • Teacher
    Ann Taylor
  • Term(s) taught
  • Credits