Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

GERM1240A - English : Linguistics and practical exercises II A


Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Teaching assistant :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first term, 30 hours of theory and 15 hours of exercises.

Timetable :
First term
Monday from 15:45 to 16:45 at 109 Marais 611
Friday from 13:30 to 15:30 at 109 Marais 611
Monday from 15:45 to 16:45 at 109 Marais 410

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
The English linguistics course in year 2 provides a short introduction to English morphology and subsequently delves into the area of English syntax.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

• identify and define the concepts pertaining to the field of syntax (e.g. form, function, parts-of-speech, phrase, clause, sentence, form-function interface, etc.);
• concretely illustrate and analyse English in terms of the syntactic phenomena presented during the course;

By the end of the course, students must be able to apply theoretical syntactic concepts to the analysis of authentic English. Students will show a deep understanding of syntactic phenomena in English and will use the terminology presented in the theoretical course precisely.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Letters : General :

For the Bachelor in Modern Languages and Letters: German, Dutch and English :

For the Bachelor in Philosophy :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
The theoretical part of this course aims to define syntax and situate it within the wider domain of linguistics. Specifically, students will study the following areas of syntax as well as other additional ones, depending on progress during the term:


Morphology definitions and characteristics
• Morphemes: definition
• Morpheme characteristics
• Mopheme types
o Lexical morphemes
o Grammatical morphemes

Word creation processes

Lexical words :
• Nouns
• Lexical verbs
• Adjectives
• Adverbs

Function words :
• Determiners
• Pronouns
• Auxiliary verbs
• Prepositions
• Adverbial particles
• Coordinators
• Subordinators

Introduction to phrases

Five main phrase types in English

Valency patterns
• Intransitive
• Montransitive
• Ditransitive
• Complex transitive
• Copular

Syntactic functions
• Subject
• Direct object
• Indirect object
• Subject predicative
• Object predicative
• Adverbial

The accompanying exercise sessions will present students with a variety of exercises which aim to concretely apply the syntactic concepts presented in the course proper.

In addition, students will be required to practise their lexical skills by studying the Oxford Word Skills (Oxford University Press) vocabulary book. Formative tests will be organised to encourage students in their vocabulary learning activities. They will also be required to create a series of podcasts to develop their oral proficiency skills (continuous assessment).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
This course will include theoretical sessions led by the lecturer and presentations by the students of the chapters read in the reference book (Verspoor, M., & Sauter, Kim. (2000). English Sentence Analysis. John Benjamins). Many interactive exercises will also be included which depend on active student participation.

The course proper will be accompanied by concrete exercises to apply the concepts presented. The theoretical and exercise sessions progress hand-in-hand. Students will also be required to practise their English proficiency skills via a series of communicative tasks (podcast development (continuous assessment), reading newspaper articles, listening to authentic English-speaking material, etc.).

Assessment methods and criteria :
Written exam in January with theoretical and exercise questions (marking breakdown: 60% theory and 40% exercises)

Weighting of the production of podcasts (global score): 20% of the total score for the exercise section of the exam.

Recommended or required reading :
Verspoor, M., & Sauter, Kim. (2000). English Sentence Analysis. John Benjamins. ISBN: 9027225664 (pdf available on Moodle)
Gairns, R. & Redman, S. (2008). Oxford Word Skills (Advanced). Oxford University Press. (chapters available on Moodle)