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Old English Beginners - ENG00059M

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Elizabeth Tyler
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The aim of the Old English Beginners course is to introduce complete beginners, or those with only a little experience, to the fundamentals of Old English grammar, and to develop in them a reading knowledge of the language.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be expected to have acquired:

  • A sound grasp of the fundamentals of Old English grammar
  • An ability to read Old English texts with the use of a glossary and to attempt sight-reading of simple texts
  • An ability to extract the information they want from texts which they may not be able to translate in full.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Old English Beginners
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Old English Beginners
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback supplied weekly in class and exam results given within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

The prescribed textbook will be as follows:

Peter S. Baker, An Introduction to Old English, 3rd ed. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

The following dictionary is also recommended:

J.R. Clark Hall, A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (new ed., Toronto, 1994)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.