SEL8361 : The Social History of English
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Adam Mearns
- Lecturer: Dr William van der Wurff, Professor Karen Corrigan
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
• To familiarise students with the main linguistic developments (syntactic, phonological, lexical, pragmatic) in the history of the English language;
• To develop students' ability to read texts from a variety of periods in the history of English;
• To develop students’ ability to analyse linguistic features of texts and carry out independent work with texts;
• To deepen and broaden students' knowledge of syntax and phonology by applying relevant concepts and techniques to data from earlier periods of English;
• To give students a good insight into the processes by which the English language has evolved into its present-day state;
• To develop competence in using dictionaries, historical corpora and other electronic resources for independent work.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module is taught in two lectures and a one-hour seminar per week.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||80:00||80:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||84:00||84:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SEL2212||Early English: Texts, Patterns and Varieties|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used to impart information about the properties of the English language in its various periods, demonstrate and discuss methods and resources for text analysis, and provide overall coherence for the module.
Seminars will focus on concrete textual work of various types. They also aim to develop presentation skills, to widen and deepen analytic skills, using theoretical concepts and techniques, and to develop students' skills in devising and planning independent work on the subject.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||30||Coursework: 1,500 words|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||10||15 minute presentation on students' coursework|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The final essay (60%) requires students to show they can carry out a small-scale independent research project in the subject area of the module. The coursework (30%) enables students to obtain practice in this and to further develop their written expression. The presentation (10%) arises from the coursework and encourages skill and confidence in oral communication.