Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007057

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes and competences: • an ability to analyse spelling, vocabulary, and structures from different centuries in order to identify and describe linguistic properties and developments in different stages of the English language; • an ability to examine and analyse original passages in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English and to analyse texts as evidence for historical change and contemporary variation; • an appreciation of the changing dynamic and the role of English as an international language; an understanding of the connection between contemporary language variation and historical linguistic change in English.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course connects Modern English with Indo-European through a general examination of linguistic change and accompanying phenomena. Causes of change, their correlations with the observable data and the implications for an explanatory model are examined through English texts from Old English to Modern English. The data are examined separately for phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Topics: (i) Overview of the History; (ii) Pre-Old English; (iii) Old English; (iv) Language Contact: Viking Invasions - the Scandinavian Influence; (v) Language Contact: Norman Conquest; (vi) Middle English; (vii) Early Modern English; (viii) Late Modern English; (ix) Development of Standard English; (x) Nineteenth Century; (xi) Spread of English; (xii) Recent Developments.
linguistic change, Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, Language Contact
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.6
Interactive Teaching in Information Center150.6
Written assigments301.2
Student Assessment
Optional assignments and projects and final written exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Selective Bibliography Algeo, J. & Pyles, T. 2005. The Origins and Development of the English Language. Thomson/Wadsworth. Baugh, A. C. & Cable, T. 1978. A History of the English Language. Routledge & Kegan Paul. Brook, G. L. 1978. A History of the English Language. Andre Deutsch. Burnley, J. D. 1992. The History of the English Language: a Source Book. Longman. Graddol, D., Leith, D. & Swann, J. 2002. English: History, Diversity and Change. London: Routledge. Hogg, R. M. & Denison, D. 2006. A History of the English Language. Cambridge University Press. Hogg, R. M., Blake, N. F. & Burchfield, R. W. 1992. The Cambridge History of the English Language. Cambridge University Press. Scott, C. T. & Erickson, J. L. 1968. Readings for the History of the English Language. Allyn and Bacon. van Gelderen, E. 2006. A History of the English Language. John Benjamins.
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