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Бакалавриат 2019/2020

Теория первого иностранного языка - 1

Язык: английский
Кредиты: 3

Course Syllabus


The aim of the course of Theoretical Grammar of the English Language is to present a theoretical description of its grammatical system, i.e. to scientifically analyze and define its grammatical categories and study the mechanisms of grammatical formation of utterances out of words in the process of speech making. The course “Stylistics” is aimed to develop awareness of the system of expressive resources and stylistic devices of the English language in line with the effects achieved. Students develop their text skills viewing the text as a unity of semantic, functional, structural and stylistic elements. Within the format of the course, linguistic and style-forming characteristics of texts belonging to different functional styles are analyzed. Acquired theoretical knowledge and practical skills should be applied in the process of writing the graduation paper.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Present an introduction to the problems of up-to-date linguistic study of English on a systemic basis
  • Give the students a grounding of basic theories, methodology and scientific approaches to the problems of theoretical aspects of English Grammar
  • Teach the students to analize speech phenomena and find successful solution of the problems
  • Train the students for skill-based communication. end of the course “Theoretical Grammar”, students get an idea of Theoretical Grammence, language as a system, grammatical structure of the English language, grammaories, morphology and syntax
  • to help students form an integrated view of the system of expressive resources of the language, their mechanisms and functions in different kinds of texts
  • to lay theoretic foundations for conducting research in linguostylistcs through teaching specialist terminology and familiarizing students with the most relevant research methods
  • to develop text interpretation skills based on the pragmatic functions of the text
  • to teach students to differentiate stylistically coloured units with regard to their appropriateness
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • to get an idea of Theoretical Grammar as a science and language as a system
  • to be able to identify the major perspectives in the field of Theoretical Grammar
  • to be able to critically assess the views held by various authors (institutional and individual)
  • to get an idea of grammatical structure of the English language, grammatical categories and morphology
  • to acquire the mechanisms of grammatical formation of utterances out of the words in the process of speech making
  • to get an idea of grammatical structure of the English language and syntax
  • to gain insights into the inner structure of the sentence and expose the mechanism of its functioning.
  • to be aware of fundamental concepts and terms of stylistics
  • to demonstrate comprehension of the notion of expressiveness
  • to demonstrate knowledge of the stylistic classification of the vocabulary of the English language
  • to demonstrate the ability to recognize stylistic devices employed on different levels of the language in line with the effects achieved
  • to demonstrate skills of linguostylistic text analysis
  • to demonstrate enhanced critical thinking skills; research and presentation skills
  • to demonstrate knowledge of different style-forming and linguistic characteristics of texts belonging to different functional styles
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Section 1. Language as a System
    Language in Relation to speech. Three Main Constituent Parts of Language. Grammar: Different Approaches (Prescriptive\ Descriptive\ Semantico-communicative). The General Idea of a System. System. Subsystem. Supersystem. The Plane of Content and the Plane of Expression. Synchrony and Diachrony. Syntagmatic and Paradigmatic Relations. Units of Language. Units of Language. The segmental units of language form a hierarchy of levels: phonemic, morphemic, lexemic, phrasemic, denotemic, proposemic and dictemic.
  • Section 2. Morphology
    Traditional (Functional) Classification of Morphemes. Allo-emic Theory of Descriptive Linguistics. Distribution of a Unit. Distributional Classification of Morphemes. The Notion of Grammatical Form and Grammatical Category. Analytical and Synthetical Grammatical Means. Immanent and Reflective Grammatical Categories. Opposition Types in the Language System, their Structure and Function. Oppositional Neutralization and Oppositional Transposition. The Problem of Parts of Speech. The Criteria of Identification of Parts of Speech. Parts of Speech in Traditional Linguistics. The Syntactico-distributional Classification of Words. Three-layer Classification of Parts of Speech. Lexical Paradigm of Nominalization. The Noun as the Central Nominative Lexemic Unit of Language. The Problem of the Category of Gender. The Category of Number and its Ability to Carry Quantitative Meaning. The Problem of the Category of Case. Different Approaches to the Category and their Analysis.
  • Section 3. Syntax
    Paradigmatic Syntax. Sentence as the Principle Unit of Syntax. Valency of the Word. Kernel Sentence. Syntactic Derivation of Sentences. Syntactic Paradigm. Structural Types of the Sentence. Monopredication. Polypredication. Non-sentence Utterances. Types of Relation between the Components in the Simple Sentence. Communicative Type Classification of Sentences. Semantic Type Classification of Sentences. Actual Division of the Sentence. Linguistic Categories of the Theme and Rheme. Syntagmatic Connections of Words. Linear relations between units in a segmental sequence. Relations ‘in praesentia’. Types of Syntagmatic Connection. Three types: coordinate, subordinate and predicative. The Phrase. A nominative unit fulfilling the function of polynomination. The classification of phrases. The Composite Sentence, Its Structure and Derivation. The Compound Sentence. The Complex Sentence. The Semi-Composite Sentence. The Structure of the Text. The Categorical Aspects of the Text. The Informational Aspects of the Text.
  • Section 1. Object of Stylistics
    Stylistics as a branch of linguistics, its goals and objectives
  • Section 2. The Notion of Expressiveness
    Denotation and connotation of words. Evaluative and emotive components of connotative meaning.
  • Section 3. Stylistic Classification of the English Vocabulary
    Formal, neutral and informal vocabulary.
  • Section 4. Expressive Resources and Stylistic Devices of the Language.
    Phono-graphical devices, lexical devices, syntactical devices.
  • Section 5. Functional Stylistics
    Fiction (the belles-lettres functional style) and non-fiction (the publicistic style, the media style, the academic style, the style of official documents)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Сlasswork
    Classwork involves active class participation, extended responses, relevant comments, and valid contributions to conversations and discussions.
  • non-blocking Portfolio
  • non-blocking Exam
    At the end of the course the students take an oral exam that consists of two parts: a theoretical question and a practical task – the analysis of the text. If the total grade for classwork and portfolio is 8, 9 or 10, the teacher can grant an exam pass without sitting the exam. Экзамен проводится в письменной форме (опрос по материалам курса). Экзамен проводится высылается на корпоративные почты студентов. Экзамен проводиться согласно расписанию, высланному преподавателем на корпоративные почты студентов накануне экзамена. Компьютер студента должен удовлетворять требованиям: наличие доступа в интернет, программы Microsoft Office. Для участия в экзамене студент обязан: поставить на аватар свою фотографию, явиться на экзамен согласно точному расписанию. Кратковременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается нарушение связи менее минуты. Долговременным нарушением связи во время экзамена считается нарушением в 10 минут и более. При долговременном нарушении связи студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене. Процедура пересдачи идентична процедуре сдачи.
  • non-blocking Test
    “Test” (max. 10 points) assesses the knowledge of terminology and the ability to recognize stylistic devices and identify functional styles and their basic characteristics.
  • non-blocking Attendance+Active Participation
  • non-blocking Project
    “Project” (max. 10 points) refers to individual research into a certain issue (nature and functions of stylistic devices).
  • non-blocking Examination
    The examination is conducted in the written form (max.10 points). It includes comparative analysis of texts belonging to different functional styles; assesses the ability to recognize stylistically coloured words and stylistic devices and their functions. The following parameters are assessed: stylistic appropriateness, accuracy and precision, coherence and cohesion.
  • non-blocking Quiz (Stylistics)
  • non-blocking Final Test (Stylistics)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    Grade Theoretical Grammar = Grade classwork * 0.25 + Grade portfolio * 0.25 + Grade exam * 0.5;
  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    Grade final = Grade Th. Grammar * 0.5 + Grade Stylistics * 0.5


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Freidin, R. (2012). Syntax : Basic Concepts and Applications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=458651
  • Арнольд И.В. - Стилистика. Современный английский язык: учебник для вузов - Издательство "ФЛИНТА" - 2016 - 384с. - ISBN: 978-5-89349-363-4 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЛАНЬ - URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/84578
  • Гуревич В.В. - English stylistics. Стилистика английского языка: учеб. пособие - Издательство "ФЛИНТА" - 2017 - 68с. - ISBN: 978-5-89349-814-1 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЛАНЬ - URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/91617

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Introducing Syntax. (2017). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsnar&AN=edsnar.oai.repository.ubn.ru.nl.2066.170565