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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL1023 Key Concepts of English Language Study: One

20 creditsClass Size: 70

School of English

Module manager: Dr Alison May

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

ENGL1021 Analysing English

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides an exciting introduction to the study of the English language from the smallest element of sound, through syntax and style, to the analysis of different text types, including, for example, newspaper articles, advertising, poetry, narrative, and courtroom discourse. Students are introduced to a wide range of ways of approaching the description, analysis, and interpretation of texts, including use of the IPA, quantitative, qualitative, and computational approaches, and transcription of speeches. It gives students opportunities for formative feedback on their analytical skills and oral presentation of their ideas, as well as group discussion and live lectures. In this module students are given access to a range of issues and approaches developed in English Language modules available at Levels 2 and 3. 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 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, workshop and seminar sessions which will include a group presentation. Topics may include words and meaning; syntax and grammatical analysis; text and discourse analysis.

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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
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. A group presentation will be given formative feedback, preparing students for the essay. Written feedback on the assessment will help students to develop their written work for future modules.

Methods of assessment

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: 17/10/2022


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