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ENGL1023 Key Concepts of English Language Study: One

20 creditsClass Size: 88


Module manager: Dr Alison May

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

ENGL1021 Analysing English

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides an exciting introduction to aspects of the study of the English language and gives students access to the range of issues taken up in English Language modules available in the second and third years of the JH English Language and Linguistics and SH English Language and Literature degrees. The module is founded on the individual expertise of colleagues in English language and builds on the tradition of excellence at Leeds.


Key Concepts in English Language is an introductory module which provides students on the SH English Language and Literature and JH English Language and Linguistics programmes with a strong foundation in key topics of English language study at university level. Its main objective is to enable students to develop an understanding of key concepts used in the analysis of the English language and its varieties. A further objective is to enable students to analyse a wide range of texts, and to demonstrate a practical understanding of how the English language works in literature and other forms of writing.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will demonstrate:
• A basic ability to use written communication effectively
• A basic capacity to describe and analyse a range of literary and non-literary texts
• A basic ability to manage complex information in a structured and systematic way
• A basic capacity for independent thought, critical reason and judgement
• Basic research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance
• A basic capacity to use subject-specific and general IT skills in the development and execution of research projects
• Efficient time management and organisation skills
• Independent and collaborative learning skills.


The module will introduce students to textual analysis and is composed of lecture and seminar sessions which will include a group presentation. Topics may include words and meaning; syntax and grammatical analysis; text and discourse analysis. Weekly preparation and set exercises will enable students to produce two pieces of assessment.

Text for Purchase: Culpeper, J., Kerswill, P., Wodak, R. McEnery, T. and Katamba, F. 2018. 'English Language. Description, Variation and Context.' London: Palgrave. (Paperback, Ebook or Kindle version.)

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours172.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly seminars and consultation hours provide regular settings in which the module tutors can offer forms of informal and formative feedback. Written feedback on the assessment will help students to develop their written work for future modules.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline grammar exercises25.00
Essay2,000 - 3,000 word essay75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/01/2022 16:08:03


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