ENG4152 – Varieties of English Texts
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course gives an introduction to discourse analysis, a discipline that examines patterns of language across texts and the functions of texts in their social and cultural contexts. The emphasis is on how various types of text resemble or differ from each other in terms of vocabulary, grammar, cohesion and stylistic features. The coursework involves the analysis of concrete texts, with special focus on conversational speech and literary, journalistic and academic writing. An important aim is to increase your awareness of linguistic and stylistic features of text types and the reasons for the variation between them. Such an awareness will be useful in further work with text, for example in writing, reading, editing and teaching.
After completing this course you will be able to:
- analyse linguistic and stylistic features of texts and text types
- account for major differences between spoken and written English
- compare the ways in which different kinds of texts are constructed to create meaning and to achieve special effects
- describe reasons why linguistic form varies across text types
- conduct a case study of selected linguistic features in one or more types of text.
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Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.
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Seminar, two hours per week for 13 weeks, 26 hours in total.
Attendance is obligatory at least 10 out of 13 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.
Students are required to hand in two obligatory papers in order to qualify for the exam. The last of these will be a draft of your term paper. Information about deadlines will be given at the start of the course. Read more about guidelines for compulsory activities.
The obligatory requirements must be fulfilled in order to qualify for the exam.
The exam form is a term paper (approx. 10 standard pages). You must work on the term paper during the whole semester, with supervision from the teacher.
In the assessment both content and language will be considered, as well as the appropriate presentation of quotations, references and linguistic examples.
The submission of exam papers takes place in Inspera.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
You are allowed to use an English-English dictionary.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the two next semesters the course is taught.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.