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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL1024 Key Concepts of English Language Study: Two

20 creditsClass Size: 70

School of English

Module manager: Dr Kate Spowage

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

ENGL1022 English: Context, Culture and Style

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces the fascinating breadth and diversity to be found within the English language. It offers insights into different geographic, historical, social and stylistic variations – where they come from, their characteristics, how and why they are used. 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 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, workshop and seminar sessions which may include presentations. Topics may include stylistics, phonetics, language variation and its relation to geographical and social identity; language and history. Weekly preparation and set exercises will enable students to produce two pieces of assessment; a 2000 word assignment (50%) and a 2,000 word essay (50%).

Text for Purchase: Culpeper, J., Kerswill, P., Wodak, R. McEnery, T. and Katamba, F. 2018.

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 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 word essay50.00
Assignment2,000 word assignment50.00
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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