Contemporary English language 1

Course title: Contemporary English Language I
Lecturers
: Hoyt, Majerovic,
Zgaga
ECTS credits: 5
Semester: 1st (winter)
Status: mandatory
Form of instruction: language classes, 4 classes a week
Enrolment requirements: enrolment in the undergraduate English language and literature program
Course requirements: written and oral exam
Course description:
This course focuses on normative grammar of the contemporary English language, placing special emphasis on syntactic units and their features, as well as on the reading of texts in order to expand vocabulary and develop written and oral communication skills.

Objectives:
The objective of the course is for students to develop their abilities of comprehension, as well as written and oral expression in English through various reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises, and through the individual study of grammatical patterns. Students are also taught how to use various reference books, especially dictionaries and grammar handbooks.

Reading: 

TEXTS:
– A Reader for Students of Contemporary English Language 1 and 2
– Bašić, Ivana; Zubak Pivarski, Marina: A Reader for Contemporary English Language 1 and 2, Zagreb: FF press, 2013
– Bašić, Ivana; Majerović, Marko; Zubak Pivarski, Marina:
Grammar Workbook for Contemporary English Language 1, Hrvatska sveučilišna naklada, Zagreb, 2016

GRAMMAR BOOKS:
– Eastwood, John (2005). Oxford Learner’s Grammar: grammar finder, Oxford: Oxford University Press
– Swan, Michael (2005). Practical English Usage, Oxford: Oxford University Press
– Biber, Douglas; Susan Conrad; Geoffrey Leech (2002). Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English, Harlow: Longman, (Chapters 2, 3)
– Eastwood, John (1994). Oxford Guide to English Grammar, Oxford: Oxford University Press (out of print)
– Karlovčan, Vjekoslav (2002). A Survey of English Grammar, Zagreb: Profil International
– Grammar Exercises for Students of CEL 1 (exercise book/workbook)

DICTIONARIES:
Students are required to use on a regular basis at least one monolingual dictionary of the English language:
e.g. Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Seventh edition. Oxford University Press. Oxford, 2005

Week by week schedule:
1.       INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR
    –   linguistic levels (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics)
2.       INTRODUCTION TO READING TEXTS
    –   the use of dictionaries, phonological transcription
     –   cultural background in texts, vocabulary
3.       GRAMMATICAL UNITS: WORD, PHRASE, CLAUSE, SENTENCE
      –   word classes
      –   phrases
      –   sentence elements
4.       ENGLISH MORPHOLOGY AND SINTAX
      –   English compared with Croatian – word formation, word order, sequence of tenses
5.       1st TEXT FROM THE READER
     –   comprehension and vocabulary
6.       VERBS
      –   VERB:  word class, verb phrase, sentence element
      –  
Verb classes: transitive, intransitive, linking
      –  
Verb phrase: finite, non-finite (infinitives, participles, gerunds)
7.       1st TEXT FROM THE READER
       –    vocabulary
8.       SENTENCE ANALYSIS
       –   sentence elementsS, V, O, C, A
       –   types of clauses
9.       VERB CATEGORIES
       –   voice, tense, modality, aspect
      –  
auxiliary verbs, ordinary verbs

10.     2nd TEXT FROM THE READER
    –   comprehension and vocabulary

11.      TIME, TENSE, ASPECT
12.      2nd TEXT FROM THE READER
       –   vocabulary
13.      TEST – grammar and vocabulary

14.      TENSES – introduction, PRESENT TENSES
15.      3rd TEXT FROM THE READER
        –   comprehension and vocabulary
16.      PRESENT TENSES – exercises
           PAST TENSES – introduction
17.      3rd TEXT FROM THE READER
       –   vocabulary
18.      PAST TENSES – exercises
19.      4th TEXT FROM THE READER
        –    comprehension and vocabulary
20.      EXPRESSING THE FUTURE

21.      4th TEXT FROM THE READER
       –   vocabulary

22.      MODAL VERBS – introduction

23.      MODAL VERBS – exercises

24.      MODAL VERBS – revision                     

25.      5th TEXT FROM THE READER
        –   comprehension and vocabulary

26.      ACTIVE/PASSIVE VOICE

27.      NON-FINITE VERB FORMS
      –   infinitives, gerunds, participles
       –   non-finite clauses

28.      GRAMMAR – revision
29.      GRAMMAR – revision; VOCABULARY – revision
30.      REVISION