The course 'Grammar A' is designed for the 1st year students as an introductory course summarising and developing their knowledge of English grammar.
The main objective of the course is to present grammar as a system and study it as a complex whole with focus on functions and meanings. The course also includes basic linguistic terminology, the knowledge of which is essential for the students' independent work with the course materials and recommended sources as well as their future studies. At the end of the course students should be able to:
compare sentences in terms of grammar and meaning; correct mistakes in sentences; provide explanations and examples of their own; analyze stretches of language and justify choices of structures, and identify the speaker's attitudes and intentions.
The course is based on 'A Student's Grammar of the English Language' by Sidney Greenbaum and Randolph Quirk . Chapters discussed include: A general framework, Verbs and auxiliaries and The Semantics of the verb phrase, i.e. chapters 2,3,4.
1. Linguistic terminology: sentence and sentences structure, sentence elements, phrases, types of verbs, sentences v. clauses
2.Linguistic terminology:markedness, types of reference, open v. closes word classes, pro-forms, ellipsis
3. Main verbs
4. Primary auxiliaries
5. Modal auxiliaries
8. Present tenses
9. Past tenses
10. Perfect tenses
11. Expressing future
QUIRK, Randolph and Sidney GREENBAUM. A Student s Grammar of the English Language. 1. vyd. London: Longman, 1990. 490 s. ISBN 0-582-07569-6. info
CHALKER, Sylvia. A student's English grammar :workbook. Harlow: Longman, 1992. 186 s. ISBN 0-582-08819-4. info
ALEXANDER, L. G. Longman English grammar. Edited by R. A. Close. 23rd impression. Essex: Longman Group, 2006. x, 374 s. ISBN 0-582-55892-1. info
MURPHY, Raymond. English grammar in use : a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate students. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. x, 350 s. ISBN 0-521-43680-X. info
POVOLNÁ, Renata. Grammar. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2000. 125 s. ISBN 80-210-2311-2. info
Advanced grammar in use :a self-study reference and practice book for advanced learners of English. Edited by Martin Hewings. 1st ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ix, 340 s. ISBN 0-521-49868-6. info
PRODROMOU, Luke. Grammar and vocabulary for first certificate. Harlow: Longman, 1999. 319 s. ISBN 0-582-40018-X. info
SIDE, Richard and Guy WELLMAN. Grammar and vocabulary for Cambridge advanced and proficiency :fully updated for the revised CPE. 6th impression. Harlow: Longman, 2006. 288 s. ISBN 0-582-51821-0. info
SWAN, Michael. Practical English usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Nestr. ISBN 0-19-427403-9. info
Requirements: attendance (80%), active participation, all required homework, 3 achievement tests (pass mark 70%), Moodle self tests and participation in the Online Dictionary project (20 items), Credit test(pass mark 70%). Students are required to work regularly with the Moodlinka course and other study materials, i.e. SGEL by Greenbaum and Quirk, Workbook by S. Chalker and Grammar I (see Literature).
Methods: lectures, class and group discussions, pair work, homework, group projects (Students' Online Dictionary)
Language in which the course is taught
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.