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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL1024 Key Concepts of English Language Study: Two

20 creditsClass Size: 66


Module manager: Dr Christiana Gregoriou

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

ENGL1022 English: Context, Culture and Style

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 in this field at Leeds (including the establishment of the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture at the Brotherton Library).


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 developed ability to use written communication effectively
• A developed capacity to describe and analyse a range of literary and non-literary texts
• A developed ability to manage complex information in a structured and systematic way
• A developed capacity for independent thought, critical reason and judgement
• Developed research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance
• A developed 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 follow a clear weekly structure composed of lecture and seminar sessions which may include presentations. Topics may include stylistics, phonetics, syntax and grammatical analysis; language variation and its relation to geographical and social identity; language and history; discourse analysis. Weekly preparation and set exercises will enable students to produce two pieces of assessment; a 2000 word stylistic exercise (50%) and a 2,000 word essay (50%).

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

Private study

A clear and comprehensive reading list will be supplied well in advance of the first week of the module, and it will offer enrolees a vital guide as they begin to develop and deepen their independent study. Such private or library study will be directed on a weekly basis as the tutors on the module indicate particular forms of reading that the student should focus on in preparation for each lecture and seminar. Discussions of this reading will occur in seminars under the tutor’s direction. Independent study time will also be used to produce weekly elements enabling students to generate the assessment tasks.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly seminars and consultation hours provide regular settings in which tutors can offer forms of informal and formative feedback. Written feedback on 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
Essay2,000 word essay50.00
Assignment2,000 word stylistic exercise50.00
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: 23/08/2021 15:12:50


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