Course: Syntax I

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Course title Syntax I
Course code KAJ/7S1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Smolka Vladislav, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1-2: essential concepts of syntax, graphical sentence analysis 3: verbal valency and the resulting structural patterns 4: sentence modality 5: negation 6: English equivalents of Czech subjectless finite clauses 7-11: clause elements and their semantic roles 12-14: introduction to word-order, FSP essentials

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Demonstration, Activating (simulations, games, drama)
Learning outcomes
The subject presents essential concepts of syntax and the range of English simple sentence structures compared with Czech.
A practical knowledge of the essential syntactic structures in English and their communicative functions.
Minimum entry level of English: Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Written examination, Essay, Student performance assessment, Analysis of student's language skills, Test

All examinations and consultations are held in English. Active participation in the seminar, passing grade in partial in-term tests.
Recommended literature
  • Bell, J., Thomas, A. Gold B2 First New Edition (Coursebook), Pearson Education Limited. 2018.
  • Biber, D., and S. Johansson, G. Leech, S. Conrad, E. Finegan.:. Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Harlow: Longman. 1999.
  • Cohen, A.D., Macaro, E. Language Learner Strategies. Oxford University Press, 2007..
  • Dušková, L.:. Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. Praha: Academia.1988.
  • Firbas, J.:. Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken. Communication. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1992.
  • Foley M., Hall D. MyGrammarLab (Intermediate B1/B2). Pearson, 2012..
  • Gramelová, L. Jak vyzrát na cizí jazyky. Jazykový koutek, Praha 2017..
  • Hashemi, L., Thomas, B. & Matthews, L. Grammar and Vocabulary for First (FCE) and First for Schools Book. Cambridge University Press, 2015..
  • Huddleston, R., Pullum, G. K. et al.:. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2002.
  • Lambrecht, K.:. Information Structure and Sentence Form. Topic, focus and the mental representations of discourse referents. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1994, 1998.
  • Murphy, R. English Grammar in Use (5th edition). Cambridge University Press, 2019..
  • Quirk, R., et al.. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman 1985.
  • Swan, M. Practical English Usage (4th edition). Oxford University Press, 2016..

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