Module 2: Form, Meaning and Function EKIA200

Subject Studies

Tuula Hirvonen

Prerequisites: Näkökulmia kieleen, Exploring Grammar 1.

Target group: Second and third year students (subject studies). Recommended for both future teachers of English and students with other professional interests.

Aim and content: The course aims to deepen your understanding of the basic grammatical structures of English, particularly with reference to their meaning and use. We will examine linguistic form, meaning and function at different levels, ranging from individual words and basic grammatical constructions to sentences, utterances and units of discourse, both in written and spoken discourse. The course provides you with a set of tools and methods for analysis to use in other areas in language study, eg. sociolinguistics, pragmatics, study of talk and discourse analysis.

Mode of study: Individual, pair work and group tasks in class, guided analysis tasks and written assignments.

Assessment: Regular attendance, four written assignment.

Recommended reading: In addition to the course handouts provided by the instructor, we strongly recommend the following grammar as a backup and further reading: A. Downing and P. Locke (2002), A university course in English grammar. London: Routledge.

Eleanor Underwood

Prerequisites: Exploring grammar 1

Target group: Any students who are planning to become teachers and who feel that they need another opportunity to look at English grammar.

Aim and content: The aim of the course is to give future teachers of English a more thorough understanding of the grammar of English so that they will, firstly, feel more confident in their own use of the language and, secondly, be better able to explain it to others.  During the course we will look at grammar both theoretically and practically, with the emphasis on what the language teacher needs to know in the classroom.

Mode of study: Teacher and student presentations, class and group discussions.

Assessment: Class participation and learning journal.

Required reading: Students should have their own old school textbooks available for use during the course. Other materials will be discussed in class.

Elizabeth Peterson

Target group: Students who wish to know more about the general topics of investigation within discourse and pragmatics.

Aim and content: Students will learn core concepts involved in discourse and pragmatics as overlapping fields of study, including speech acts and politeness, implicature, conversational management, critical discourse analysis, features of multimodal discourse, discourse organization and rhetoric, intercultural and cross-cultural pragmatics, and ideology.

Textbook: J. Cutting (2002), Pragmatics and Discourse: A Resource Book for students. Routledge.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Language Study (required)

Mode of study:
Lectures and discussion of readings, guided individual and group work on in-class exercises, in-class analyses, written report.

Assessment: Regular participation, in-class exercises, presentation of reading assignment (with a partner), homework.

Päivi Pahta

Prerequisites: Näkökulmia kieleen (formerly, Introduction to Language Study), Exploring Grammar 1.

Target group: Subject studies students.

Aim and content: This is an introductory course that suits both EFL teachers and other language experts who wish to know more about the story of the English language. We will trace the development of the language from a set of small local dialects spoken by a handful of Germanic tribes to a global language spoken by hundreds of millions of people world-wide. The course provides explanations for the historical changes (diachronic variation) that have taken place in English over the past 1500 years or so, and offers an introductory outline of present-day variation in the uses and functions of the English language (synchronic variation) depending on e.g. the region, age or gender of its users. The course serves as an introduction to courses on eg. Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Variation and Language Teaching, English as a Global Language, and Regional Varieties of English.

Mode of study: Contact sessions 2 hrs a week, consisting of lectures and/or, depending on the number of students, seminar meetings in small groups. Homework (readings and assignments) to be completed and discussed in class every week.

Assessment: Regular attendance, homework, study journal.

Required reading: The following book serves as basic background reading: David Graddol, Dick Leith & Joan Swan (eds.) (1996) English: History, Diversity and Change. Other readings can be provided during the course.


Examiner: Arja Piirainen-Marsh

Pragmatics   (3 pts):
• Jenny Thomas (1995), Meaning in interaction. Oxford: Blackwell.
• Jef Verschueren (1999), Understanding pragmatics. London: Arnold.

Examiner: Elizabeth Peterson

Sociolinguistics (3-5 pts):
• J. Aitchison, 1991. Language change: progress or decay? (Second edition). Cambridge: Camridge University Press. (2 pts)
• D. Crystal, 2003. English as a global language. (Second edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (1 pt)
• R. Wardaugh, 2002. An introduction to sociolinguistics (Fourth edition). Malden, MA and Oxford, England: Blackwell. (2 pts)

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