AJ2204 Grammar B

Faculty of Education
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Renata Jančaříková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Renata Jančaříková, Ph.D.
Department of English Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Popelková
Supplier department: Department of English Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Mon 12:00–12:50 učebna 50
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
AJ2204/01: Mon 13:00–13:50 učebna 5, R. Jančaříková
AJ2204/02: Mon 14:00–14:50 učebna 54, R. Jančaříková
AJ2204/03: Mon 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, R. Jančaříková
AJ2204/04: Wed 8:00–8:50 učebna 63, R. Jančaříková
AJ2204/05: Wed 11:00–11:50 učebna 60, R. Jančaříková
AJ2204/06: Wed 10:00–10:50 učebna 64, R. Jančaříková
AJ2203 Grammar A
B2 level of English
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
'Grammar B' course is designed for the 1st year students as a continuation of course Grammar A taught in the autumn semester. It consolidates and develops the students' knowledge of English grammar with a focus on the main word classes not discussed previously (nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions).
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 and provide the students with meaningful practice. The course builds on the students' knowledge of basic linguistic terminology, which they acquired in the previous course. 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.
Throughout the semester students are encouraged to link theory in the classroom to practice via practical tasks.
The lectures present relevant linguistic terminology and theoretical background for the seminars which are devoted to practice.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to: - understand and explain the characteristic features of the word classes discussed (nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions);
- analyze and explain the use of the grammar points discussed in context;
- give their own examples to show understanding of the grammar issues discussed;
- identify and correct the most common mistakes in grammar;
- compare similar items with focus on their use and meaning;
- understand differences between English and Czech grammar to identify possible problems of Czech learners;
  • 1. Nouns - introduction to the word class of the English noun; countability and meaning and their mutual influence; partitive constructions
  • 2. Determiners - introduction - characteristic features of determiners and their position in the noun phrase; more determiners in the same phrase (pre-determiners, central d., post-determiners)
  • 3. Articles - article use with common nouns - generic vs. specific reference, specific definite, specific indefinite; article use in fixed phrases
  • 4. Articles - with proper nouns - place names, geographical units, personal names, etc.
  • 5. Nouns - number - variable vs. invariable nouns, subject-verb agreement; comparison with Czech; typical mistakes due to interference with Czech
  • 6. Nouns - gender in English vs. Czech; dual, common gender, gender markers, people, animals; 's genitive vs. of construction; 's genitive with inanimates; time expressions
  • 7. Pronouns - introduction to the word class of pronouns and their types; personal pronouns
  • 8. Pronouns - demonstrative, reciprocal, reflexive pronouns, interrogative, relative (two types of relative clause)
  • 9. Pronouns - indefinite pronouns and the compounds
  • 10. Adjectives and adverbs - formation, characteristic features, position of adjectives (attributive, predicative, postpositive), order of adjectives in noun phrases, modification of adjectives
  • 11. Adjectives and adverbs - adverb formation, adverbs functioning as adverbials and modifiers, comparison of adjectives and adverbs
  • 12. Prepositions and prepositional phrases
    required literature
  • BIBER, Douglas, Susan CONRAD and Geoffrey N. LEECH. Longman student grammar of spoken and written English. First published. Harlow: Longman, 2002. vii, 487. ISBN 9780582237278. info
  • YULE, George. Oxford practice grammar : with answers. Updated edition first publis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. vii, 274. ISBN 9780194214766. info
  • 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. First published. Harlow: Longman, 1992. 186 stran. ISBN 0582088194. info
    recommended literature
  • YULE, George. Oxford practice grammar : supplementary exercises with answers. First published. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. v, 132. ISBN 9780194579872. info
  • ALEXANDER, L. G. Longman English grammar. Edited by R. A. Close. London: Longman, 1988. x, 374. ISBN 0582558921. info
  • HEWINGS, Martin. Advanced grammar in use with answers : a self-study reference and practice book for advanced learners of English. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ix, 340. ISBN 0521498694. info
  • DUŠKOVÁ, Libuše. Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. 3. vyd. Praha: Academia, 2003. 673 s. ISBN 8020010734. info
  • SWAN, Michael. Practical English usage. Fourth edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. xxx, 635. ISBN 9780194202435. info
  • SWAN, Michael. Practical English usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Nestr. ISBN 0194274039. 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. Harlow: Longman, 2002. 288 s. ISBN 0582518210. info
Teaching methods
Lecture (terminology, theoretical background); Seminars: group work, pair work, class discussions, written tests, project.
Assessment methods
Requirements: self-study, all required homework, 1 mid-course test, Moodle quizzes, project, oral exam
Methods: lectures, class and group discussions, pair work, homework, online practice
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023.
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