ATS2681 - Structure of English - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Kate Burridge


Professor Kate Burridge

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Two gateway units in Linguistics




The unit provides a step-by-step account of the basics of English grammatical structures from the perspective of the theoretical insights of modern linguistics. Such a knowledge has many practical applications, including foreign language learning and teaching, effective communication (especially written skills) and literary analysis. Using examples and exercises from 'real' language, this unit guides students through the practical analysis of the syntax of English sentences, comparing the patterns and structures of leading standard and non-standard varieties, especially those that have arisen as a result of the global spread of English.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. explain and apply key notions used in the analysis of contemporary English grammar;
  2. discuss and analyse the patterns and structures that distinguish the main standard varieties of English from each other and from other important varieties;
  3. articulate the key features that distinguish formal and informal usage, and different occupational varieties;
  4. analyse the way the processes set in place by globalization and the electronic revolution have been shaping English structure;
  5. apply their knowledge to the analysis of 'real' texts, especially with the view to how information is structured in discourse.


Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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