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1. General information
Course:
ENGLISH GRAMMAR AND DISCOURSE
Code:
46351
Type:
ELECTIVE
ECTS credits:
6
Degree:
392 - BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN PRIMARY EDUCATION (AB)
Academic year:
2021-22
Center:
101 - FACULTY OF EDUCATION IN ALBACETE
Group(s):
17  10  14 
Year:
4
Duration:
First quarter
Main language:
English
Second language:
Use of additional languages:
English Friendly:
N
Web site:
Bilingual:
Y
Lecturer: ELIECER CRESPO FERNANDEZ - Group(s): 17 
Building/Office
Department
Phone number
Email
Office hours
Facultad de Educación. Departamento Filología Moderna. 1ª planta
FILOLOGÍA MODERNA
967-599200 (2519)
eliecer.crespo@uclm.es
To be announced

2. Pre-Requisites

The student must have passed the course units Foreign Language and itsTeaching I: English and Foreign Language and itsTeaching II: English from the first and the second year respectively of the Degree of Teacher in Primary Education.

3. Justification in the curriculum, relation to other subjects and to the profession

Not only is the knowledge of the English language essential for the training and profesional development of the future Primary Education teachers; it is also crucial for them to know how English is structured as well as its main elements and units. In this regard, the course unit Grammar and Discourse delves into the scientific study and systematic reflection of English grammar (morphology and syntax) and discourse. This course focuses on one of the two dimensions on which the speciality of Foreign Language: English is based: the knowledge of grammar as part of the more general knowledge of the English language. After completion of the course, students will be able to know the basic principles of English grammar and apply them in their future jobs in order to teach the language succesfully.

The course unit English Grammar and Discourse is integrated in the speciality of Foreign Language: English which belongs to the Degree of Teacher in Primary Education.


4. Degree competences achieved in this course
Course competences
Code Description
CB04 Transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions for both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
CB05 Have developed the necessary learning abilities to carry on studying autonomously
CT03 Correct oral and written communication.
MLI.03 Develop verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to convey and understand messages better.
MLI.04 Acquire the lexical, semantic, grammatical and discursive bases of the English language, to allow students to understand the function of different linguistic units in communication and, thus, acquire the necessary linguistic background to manage a foreign language class in Primary Education.
MLI.06 Select and elaborate relevant and interesting oral and written texts for pupils, which allow learning of the English language.
MLI.07 Be able to stimulate the development of metalinguistic, metacognitive and cognitive aptitudes for the acquisition of a new language, through relevant and suitable tasks for pupils.
5. Objectives or Learning Outcomes
Course learning outcomes
Description
Be able to make an oral description or maintain a conversation on a wide range of topics of general interest or related to their specialty.
Be able to write coherent and cohesive texts on a wide range of topics related to their personal or professional life by using different elements in a linear sequence.
Use songs, games and storytelling to practise the most relevant grammar aspects of the English language in the foreign language classroom from a communicative and functional perspective.
Acquire the necessary phonetic, grammatical and discursive tools so as to use the English language autonomously.
Additional outcomes
Description
Identify the main morphological and syntactic elements of the English language, from the word to the text, and get to know how they work in discourse.
Analyse the word as a morphological unit and identify the main processes of word formation.
Analyse and produce simple and complex sentences, distinguishing between clauses and sentences as well as the different clause types (nominal, adjectival, adverbial, infinitival, gerundive and participal).
Reflect on clause and sentence structure and analyse the different phrase types: nominal, adjectival, verbal, adverbial and prepositional phrases.
Develop analytical tools to apply to samples of real discourse.
Identify the coordination and subordination links existing in sentence structure and reflect on how coherence and cohesion devices work in texts belonging to different discourse types.
Apply the knowledge of English grammar acquired in the course to the teaching/learning process of English in Primary Education.
6. Units / Contents
  • Unit 1: INTRODUCTION
    • Unit 1.1: Key concepts: Grammar, Linguistics and Discourse
    • Unit 1.2: Units and levels of language description
  • Unit 2: DESCRIBING THE WORD
    • Unit 2.1: Word structure and word classes
    • Unit 2.2: Main processes of word formation
  • Unit 3: DESCRIBING THE PHRASE
    • Unit 3.1: Talking about people and things: Nominal and adjectival phrases
    • Unit 3.2: Expressing events and states: The verbal phrase
    • Unit 3.3: Expressing circumstances: Adverbial and prepositional phrases
  • Unit 4: DESCRIBING CLAUSES, SENTENCES AND TEXTS
    • Unit 4.1: Clause structure and types
    • Unit 4.2: Coordination and subordination: Sentence patterns
    • Unit 4.3: Creating coherent texts. Thematic structures
  • Unit 5: TEACHING ENGLISH GRAMMAR IN PRIMARY EDUCATION
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS, REMARKS

The main aim of this course is to help students gain understanding of the main rules and elements of English morphosyntax (grammar and vocabulary). To this end, following a hierarchical structure, the different language units are studied: the word, the phrase, the clause and the text. In this way, students get familiar with the main morphological and syntactic elements of the English language and how they work in (real and contextualised) discourse.
The approach to the English grammar followed here is, first and foremost, functional and communicative: In fact, this course unit deals with the scientific study of English as a structured system of communication. Attention will thus be paid to the pragmatic and communicative aspects of language units in texts belonging to different discourse types.
This course unit closes with aspects related to the teaching of English grammar in the Primary Education classroom.

If necessary, any modifications or adaptations needed in the course contents as a result of the pandemic will be documented in a later addendum.


7. Activities, Units/Modules and Methodology
Training Activity Methodology Related Competences ECTS Hours As Com Description
Class Attendance (theory) [ON-SITE] Lectures MLI.04 0.7 17.5 N N Presentation of contents and grammatical structures and their application to the teaching of English in Primary Education.
In-class Debates and forums [ON-SITE] Debates CB04 CT03 MLI.03 MLI.04 MLI.07 0.4 10 N N Classroom discussion on the topics covered in the course.
Project or Topic Presentations [ON-SITE] Cooperative / Collaborative Learning CB04 CT03 MLI.03 MLI.04 MLI.06 MLI.07 0.6 15 Y N Oral presentation in cooperative work groups of the topics covered in the course contents.
Scientific paper reading and review [OFF-SITE] Reading and Analysis of Reviews and Articles CB05 CT03 1.1 27.5 N N Reading and critical review of book chapters or journal articles related to the contents covered in the course.
Study and Exam Preparation [OFF-SITE] Self-study CB05 2.5 62.5 N N Student's self-study on activities and topics related to the course contents.
Group tutoring sessions [ON-SITE] Guided or supervised work CB04 CB05 CT03 0.4 10 N N Problem solving related to the course contents and activities.
Progress test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests CT03 0.2 5 Y N Written assessable test on the practical course contents.
Final test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests CT03 0.1 2.5 Y Y Written final exam on the course contents: Theoretical and practical sections.
Total: 6 150
Total credits of in-class work: 2.4 Total class time hours: 60
Total credits of out of class work: 3.6 Total hours of out of class work: 90

As: Assessable training activity
Com: Training activity of compulsory overcoming (It will be essential to overcome both continuous and non-continuous assessment).

8. Evaluation criteria and Grading System
Evaluation System Continuous assessment Non-continuous evaluation * Description
Oral presentations assessment 10.00% 10.00% Oral presentation (in cooperative work groups) of the topics covered in the course. This presentation cannot be retaken.
Progress Tests 20.00% 20.00% Written assessable test on the practical course contents. This activity can be retaken in the written final test of the extraordinary call.
Final test 70.00% 70.00% Written final test on the course contents
Total: 100.00% 100.00%  
According to art. 6 of the UCLM Student Evaluation Regulations, it must be provided to students who cannot regularly attend face-to-face training activities the passing of the subject, having the right (art. 13.2) to be globally graded, in 2 annual calls per subject , an ordinary and an extraordinary one (evaluating 100% of the competences).

Evaluation criteria for the final exam:
  • Continuous assessment:
    The final test will be held at the date fixed in the official calendar of exams. It will consist of several theoretical questions and practical exercises and have a weight of 70% of the final grade. If the student does not get at least 40% in any of the two sections of the exam (although the average exam mark is over 5), the exam grade will be "FAIL 4".
    Students will have the option of taking the so-called "progress test" (20%), oral or written, during the semester on a previously announced date to check to what extent they have acquired the practical contents of the course. Students who do not pass the progress test will be able to retake it in the practical section of the exam in the extraordinary call.
    Students who do not participate in the oral presentation of topics (10%) will not have the opportunity to retake this activity.
    To add the percentages of the progress test and the oral presentation, the final exam grade must be at least 4 (out of 10).
    If a student is caught cheating, (s)he would automatically obtain the grade of 'FAIL 0'.
    Grammatical and expression mistakes will be penalised in all kinds of activities to be performed by the student. For every mistake of those included in the list "mistakes to avoid" (see Moodle), the student will miss 0.25 points in the corresponding activity up to a maximum of 3 points (12 mistakes). If the mistake is repeated, the repetition(s) will be also penalised.
    If necessary, any modifications or adaptations needed in the present course unit description as a result of a change in the teaching or evaluation model derived from the evolution of the pandemic will be documented in a later addendum.
  • Non-continuous evaluation:
    The final test will be held at the date fixed in the official calendar of exams. It will have a weight of 70% of the final grade.
    On the same day, students will take a practical exam, corresponding to the progress test (20%), devoted to checking to what extent students have acquired the practical course contents. Students who fail this practical test will have the opportunity to retake this activity in the exam of the extraordinary call.
    Instead of the oral presentation to the class in cooperative work groups, students will have to do an individual oral presentation (10%) via Teams on any of the course topics (to be specified by the lecturer) on a date to be arranged between the lecturer and the student. The oral presentation cannot be retaken.
    To add the percentages of the practical test and the oral presentation, the final exam grade must be at least 4 (out of 10).
    If a student is caught cheating, (s)he would automatically obtain the grade of 'FAIL 0'.
    Grammatical and expression mistakes will be penalised in all kinds of activities to be performed by the student. For every mistake of those included in the list "mistakes to avoid" (see Moodle), the student will miss 0.25 points in the corresponding activity up to a maximum of 3 points (12 mistakes). If the mistake is repeated, the repetition(s) will be also penalised.
    If necessary, any modifications or adaptations needed in the present course unit description as a result of a change in the teaching or evaluation model derived from the evolution of the pandemic will be documented in a later addendum.

Specifications for the resit/retake exam:
The retake exam will be held at the date fixed in the official calendar of exams and will consist of several theoretical issues and practical exercises. If the student does not get at least 40% in any of the two sections of the exam, the exam grade will be "FAIL 4" although the average mark is over 5.
It is important to note that (continuous evaluation) students will have the option of maintaining the grade obtained in the progress test if they want to do so. In this case, the weight of the retake exam will be 70% and that of the progress tests up to 20%. To add the percentage of this evaluation activity, and that of the oral presentation (10%), the grade of the retake exam must be at least 4 (out of 10).
If a student is caught cheating, (s)he would automatically obtain the grade of 'FAIL 0'.
Grammatical and expression mistakes will be penalised in all kinds of activities to be performed by the student. For every mistake of those included in the list "mistakes to avoid" (see Moodle), the student will miss 0.25 points in the corresponding activity up to a maximum of 3 points (12 mistakes). If the mistake is
repeated, the repetition(s) will be also penalised.
If a student is caught cheating, (s)he would automatically obtain the grade 'FAIL 0'.
Grammatical and expression mistakes will be penalised in all kinds of activities to be performed by the student. For every mistake of those included in the list "mistakes to avoid" (see Moodle), the student will miss 0.25 points in the corresponding activity up to a maximum of 3 points (12 mistakes). If the mistake is repeated, the repetition(s) will be also penalised.
If necessary, any modifications or adaptations needed in the present course unit description as a result of a change in the teaching or evaluation model derived from the evolution of the pandemic will be documented in a later addendum.
Specifications for the second resit / retake exam:
The second retake exam will be held at the date fixed in the official calendar of exams. It will consist of several theoretical issues and practical exercises and have a weight of 100% of the final grade. To pass the test, the grade must be at least 5 (out of 10). If the student does not get at least 40% in any of the two sections of the exam (theory and practice), the exam grade will be "FAIL 4" although the average mark is over 5.
If a student is caught cheating, (s)he would automatically obtain the grade of 'FAIL 0'.
Grammatical and expression mistakes will be penalised in all kinds of activities to be performed by the student. For every mistake of those included in the list "mistakes to avoid" (see Moodle), the student will miss 0.25 points in the corresponding activity up to a maximum of 3 points (12 mistakes). If the mistake is repeated, the repetition(s) will be also penalised.
9. Assignments, course calendar and important dates
Not related to the syllabus/contents
Hours hours
Progress test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 5
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 2.5

Unit 1 (de 5): INTRODUCTION
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 4
In-class Debates and forums [PRESENCIAL][Debates] 2
Project or Topic Presentations [PRESENCIAL][Cooperative / Collaborative Learning] 3
Scientific paper reading and review [AUTÓNOMA][Reading and Analysis of Reviews and Articles] 5.5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 12.5
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Guided or supervised work] 2
Teaching period: September-October 2021

Unit 2 (de 5): DESCRIBING THE WORD
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 3.5
In-class Debates and forums [PRESENCIAL][Debates] 2
Project or Topic Presentations [PRESENCIAL][Cooperative / Collaborative Learning] 3
Scientific paper reading and review [AUTÓNOMA][Reading and Analysis of Reviews and Articles] 5.5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 12.5
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Guided or supervised work] 2
Teaching period: October 2021

Unit 3 (de 5): DESCRIBING THE PHRASE
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 3.5
In-class Debates and forums [PRESENCIAL][Debates] 2
Project or Topic Presentations [PRESENCIAL][Cooperative / Collaborative Learning] 3
Scientific paper reading and review [AUTÓNOMA][Reading and Analysis of Reviews and Articles] 5.5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 12.5
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Guided or supervised work] 2
Teaching period: November 2021

Unit 4 (de 5): DESCRIBING CLAUSES, SENTENCES AND TEXTS
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 3.5
In-class Debates and forums [PRESENCIAL][Debates] 2
Project or Topic Presentations [PRESENCIAL][Cooperative / Collaborative Learning] 3
Scientific paper reading and review [AUTÓNOMA][Reading and Analysis of Reviews and Articles] 5.5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 12.5
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Guided or supervised work] 2
Teaching period: December 2021

Unit 5 (de 5): TEACHING ENGLISH GRAMMAR IN PRIMARY EDUCATION
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 3
In-class Debates and forums [PRESENCIAL][Debates] 2
Project or Topic Presentations [PRESENCIAL][Cooperative / Collaborative Learning] 3
Scientific paper reading and review [AUTÓNOMA][Reading and Analysis of Reviews and Articles] 5.5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 12.5
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Guided or supervised work] 2
Teaching period: January 2021

Global activity
Activities hours
10. Bibliography and Sources
Author(s) Title Book/Journal Citv Publishing house ISBN Year Description Link Catálogo biblioteca
 
 
 
 
Alcaraz Varó, E y B. Moody Morfosintaxis inglesa para hispanohablantes Alcoy Marfil 1980  
Campos, M., A. Lillo and V. M. Pina Grammar in Gobbets. A Guide to English Grammar and Usage Alicante Aguaclara 2002  
Comesaña Rincón, Joaquín Introduction to the Morphosyntax of the English Sentence Granada Comares 2001  
Crespo-Fernández, Eliecer Describing English. A Practical Grammar Course Granada Grupo Editorial Universitario 978-84-16729-46-3 2016 Textbook to be used as the basis of the course unit Ficha de la biblioteca
Downing, A. and P. Locke English Grammar. A University Course (2nd. ed.) London and New York Routledge 2006  
Greenbaum, S. and R. Quirk A Student's Grammar of the English Language London Longman 1990  
Lewis, G. and H. Mol Grammar for Young Learners Oxford Oxford University Press 2009  
Llinàs i Grau, M. and A. Reeves English Grammar. An Introductory Description Bellaterra UA Barcelona 1995  
McGregor, W.B Linguistics: An Introduction London Continuum 2009  
Parrott, A. Grammar for English Language Teachers Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2010  
Trask, R. A Student's Dictionary of Language and Linguistics London and New York Arnold 1997  



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