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Understanding English Grammar - LAN00001C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Ann Taylor
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

In this module you will learn the basic vocabulary and concepts needed to talk about English grammar. We will start with the smallest meaningful units, morphemes, and investigate how these combine to make words. From here we will explore how words can be formed into larger units called phrases, and then how phrases combine into clauses.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • use the meta-language of grammar to talk about English
  • demonstrate an understanding of the way in which words and sentences are constructed
  • break sentences down into their constituent parts
  • analyse naturally occurring English texts (speech and writing)


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 30
N/A 10
University - closed examination
Understanding English Grammar
1.5 hours 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Understanding English Grammar
1.5 hours 100

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Indicative reading

Eppler, E.D and Ozón, G. (2013). English Words and Sentences: An introduction. Cambridge Introductions to the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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