Module Summary

Language teachers need to have a fundamental grasp of the core systems of language, especially the grammar and the phonology of the language being taught. The aim of this module therefore is to give students a full understanding of the grammar and phonology of the English language, and the issues that learners of English have in acquiring a use in these. The module will provide students with the metalanguage and knowledge to compare and contrast grammar and phonology in the English language with other languages (typically their own L1). This will enable them to analyse non-native texts produced by students of English from their own teaching context and identify errors and non-native aspects of production. Some consideration will be given to what aspects of the core systems of grammar and phonology can be taught effectively to students of English and how this teaching may be achieved. The approach will be eclectic, drawing on several traditions of grammatical and phonological analysis including the use of the IPA.

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