Course: Introduction to the English Language

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Course title Introduction to the English Language
Course code KAJ/USJ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Winter and 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
Lecturer(s)
  • Zemková Ludmila, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Smolka Vladislav, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1-2 Linguistics and language, language as a means of communication, levels and functions of language, 3 Phonetics and phonology, 4 Morphology, 5-6 Lexicology, word formation processes, lexical semantics, 7 Syntax, 8 Modern linguistics, structuralism, 9 F. de Saussure, 10-12 Prague School, 13 Regional varieties of English, 14 Development of writing

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The subject provides the students with basic information about language and its functions, the levels of language and the various disciplines of linguistics. It also gives the basic characteristics of the past and present developments of the English language. It focuses on modern linguistics, namely, on the Prague school, its members and influence on other structuralist schools.
A general overview of language, its functions and levels and the various linguistic disciplines. A basic knowledge of the features and historical development of the English language.
Prerequisites
MMinimum entry level of English: Upper - intermediate

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

All examinations and consultations are held in English. Written and oral exam
Recommended literature
  • Aitchison, J.:. Linguistics: An Introduction (Fifth Edition). London: Hodder. 2000.
  • Crystal, D.:. English as a Global Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1997.
  • Crystal, D.:. The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language (Second Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2003.
  • Crystal, D.:. The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language. Penguin. 2002.
  • Čermák, F.:. Jazyk a jazyky. Praha: Karolinum UK. 2001.
  • Mathesius, V.:. A Functional Analysis of Present-Day English on a General Linguistic Basis. ed. J. Vachek, Prague: Academia. 1975.
  • Vachek, J.:. Prolegomena k dějinám pražské školy jazykovědné. H & H: Jinočany. 1999.
  • Yule, G.:. The Study of Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2006.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer