ENGL 107

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1 ENGL 107: Survey of English Linguistics

Instructor: Kent Lee

Term: Fall 2017

Time: Tue/Thu 1st or 2nd period?

Room: ?

Office hours: by appointment


1.1 Overview

1.1.1 Course description

This is a first-year level introductory course to linguistics, which provides a general overview of the field. Students will learn basics concepts of human language and linguistics, and will explore how the English language is structured and used. This course aims to prepare students for university linguistic courses, improving their language learning skills (e.g., English as a second language), and developing an interest it English linguistics.

1.1.2 Course objectives

By the end of the semester, students will

  1. Understand basic linguistic terminology;
  2. Understand basic concepts of how human language works;
  3. Understand basic structural aspects of English;
  4. Gain study skills needed for the study of English and other languages.

1.1.3 Textbook and materials

This might be used as the textbook.

  • Sakel, J. (2015). Study skills for linguistics. New York: Routledge.
Possible recommended books
  • Crystal, D. (2002). The English language (2 nd ed.). London: Penguin.
  • Crystal, D. (2003). English as a global language (2 nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Meyer, C. (2009). Introducing English linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Yule, G. (2014). The study of language. (5 th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


1.2 Tentative schedule

Week Topics
1 Course introduction to course; English; world Englishes
2 World Englishes; Ch 10: Assessment
3 Ch. 1: Introduction
4 Ch. 2: What is language?
6 Ch. 3: Sounds; Spelling
7 Ch. 4: Word Classes
8 Mid-term exam
9 Ch. 5: The grammar or words
10 Ch. 6: Clauses and sentences
11 Ch. 6: Clauses and sentences; Ch. 7: Meaning and discourse
12 Ch 7: Meaning and discourse; Pragmatics
13 Ch. 8: Understanding approaches to language
14 Ch. 9: Research methods
15 Ch. 11: How to find out more about language
16 Final Exam