Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

MHAN1111 - English : Grammar in Practice


Credits : 5

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 60 hours of exercises.

Language of instruction :

Learning activities :
MHAN1111A - English : Grammar in Practice I [1 Q. • 30 Ex. • Pond. : 30] Pascale Gouverneur, Caroline Vanderputten
MHAN1111B - English : Grammar in Practice II [2 Q. • 30 Ex. • Pond. : 70] Pascale Gouverneur, Caroline Vanderputten

Learning outcomes :
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
• Use irregular verbs
• Define, on the basis of examples, the grammatical concepts related to tenses, the passive voice, the conditional, reported speech and sentence analysis
• Use various grammatical structures (e.g. tenses, spelling rules) in context
• Justify the use of various grammatical structures and spelling rules
• Compare different grammatical structures (meaning, function, register, etc.)
• Describe English phonemes according to their VPM profile (Voice, Place of articulation, Manner of articulation) or APL profile (Aperture, Part of the tongue, Lips)
• Define, on the basis of examples, concepts related to phonetics and English phonology
• Transcribe words and utterances in phonetic script
• Decipher phonetic script

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
First term (MHAN1111A): tenses (incl. irregular verbs and spelling rules), conditional sentences, passive voice, reported speech; introduction to English phonemes.

Second term (MHAN1111B): introduction to syntax (parts of speech, phrases, clauses, functions); articulatory phonetics and phonetic transcription.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
- Exercises and theoretical lectures (grammar book: Foley M., Hall D., 2009. Advanced Learners' Grammar. Longman)
- Self-study (phonetic transcription and list of irregular verbs taken from Berland-Delépine's Grammaire anglaise de l'étudiant; Ophrys, 2000)

Remote online teaching if stricter social distancing measures are required due to Covid-19.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Written examination in January (30% of the final grade) and in June (70% of the final grade). The self-study material (list of irregular verbs and transcription exercises) also counts towards 1/3 of the final grade (June exam MHAN1111B).

Remote online exam if stricter social distancing measures are required due to Covid-19.

Recommended or required reading :
Course notes

Additional references:
Berland-Delépine, S. 2000. Grammaire anglaise de l'étudiant. Ophrys.
Foley M., Hall D., 2009. Advanced Learners' Grammar. Longman.
Hurford, J.R. 1994. Grammar. A student's guide. CUP.
Jones, D., Roach, P., Setter, J. & Esling, J. 2011. Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary. CUP.
Murphy, R. 2004. English Grammar in Use. A self-study reference and practice book for intermediate students of English. CUP.
Roach, P. 2009. English Phonetics and Phonology. CUP.
Swan, M. 2005. Practical English Usage. OUP