A2BP_SYNB Syntax B

Faculty of Education
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Helena Worthington (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Olga Dontcheva-Navrátilová, 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
Timetable of Seminar Groups
A2BP_SYNB/Prez01: Tue 10:00–11:50 učebna 57, H. Worthington
A2BP_SYNB/01: Fri 14. 2. 12:00–13:50 učebna 10, Fri 28. 2. 12:00–13:50 učebna 10, Fri 13. 3. 12:00–13:50 učebna 10, Fri 27. 3. 12:00–13:50 učebna 10, Fri 17. 4. 12:00–13:50 učebna 10, H. Worthington
( A2BP_PJ1B Practical Language 1B && A2BP_GR1B Grammar B && A2BP_SFFB Phonetics Seminar B ) || A2BP_SOZK Complex Exam
This course can only be attended by those students who have successfully finished seminar to Syntax A.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The main goal of the course is to master characteristic features of English syntax, mainly in comparison with the structure of the students' mother tongue. Students will be bale to understand the differences between the simple, compound and complex sentence will be studied. They will explore and gradually master all types of dependent clauses, complex condensation and information processing. Throughout the semester students are encouraged to link theory in the classroom to practice at schools via practical tasks.
Learning outcomes
The students: 1. understand the linguistic terms from the area of syntax and are able to explain them on concrete examples; 2. understand the structure of the complex and compound sentence, namely in comparison with the structure of the simple sentence, with an emphasis on the similarities and differences between English and Czech; 3. know the linguistic means for the expression of different relations in the English sentence, namely with the help of nominal, adverbial, relative and comparative clauses; 4. are capable of identifying concrete syntactic means in the written text, explain them and describe them with the help of adequate linguistic terms.
  • Spring term A Student's English Grammar Workbook (Sylvia Chalker) Grammar in Context (Hugh Gethin) February Chapter 13 - Coordination. Chapter 10 B - The -ing form as gerund. March Chapter 13 - cont. Chapter 10 C - Verbs taking the infinitive or -ing (participle) according to meaning. Chapter 16 - Complementation of verbs and adjectives - selfstudy. Chapter 10 D - Verbs taking a full infinitive or -ing (gerund) according to meaning. Lists of verbs - selfstudy. Chapter 16 - cont. Practice. Chapter 10 D - Verbs taking a full infonitive or -ing (gerund) according to meaning - cont. Revision of Chapter 10. Revision of Chapters 13 and 16. Chapter 3 A - Relation between result and cause. Chapter 3 B - Result expressed by too or enough. Chapter 14 - The complex sentence - introduction. Chapter 4 A - Purpose (Standard constructions). April Chapter 14 - cont. Revision test. Chapter 4 B - Purpose (Shortened constructions) Chapter 6 - cause, purpose, concesssion (Alternatives Chapter 14 - cont. Revision of Chapter 14 - selfstudy. Chapter 5 - Concession. Chapter 6 - cont. - selfstudy. Chapter 15 - Syntactic and semantic functions of subordinate clauses. Revision of Chapters 4, 5 and 6. Practice. Chapter 15 - cont. Chapter 7 - Time. Revision of Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6. May Chapter 18 - Theme, focus, and information processing. Chapter 8 A - Relatives. Introduction. Chapter 18 - cont. Chapter 8 B - Sentence building with relatives. Chapter 18 - cont. Chapter 8 C - Shortened constructions. Chapter 9 - Similarity and comparison.
  • GREENBAUM, Sidney and Randolph QUIRK. A student's grammar of the English language. First published. Harlow: Longman, 1990. 490 stran. ISBN 0582059712. info
  • CHALKER, Sylvia. A student's English grammar : workbook. Harlow: Longman, 1992. 186 s. ISBN 0582088194. info
  • GETHIN, Hugh. Grammar in context :proficiency level English. New edition. Harlow: Longman, 1996. 235 s. ISBN 0-17-556420-5. info
  • SVARTVIK, Jan and Geoffrey N. LEECH. A communicative grammar of English. 2nd ed. London: Longman, 1994. xiv, 423. ISBN 058208573X. info
  • CHALKER, Sylvia. Current English grammar. London: Macmillan, 1984. 296 p. ; 2. ISBN 0-333-35025-169. info
  • DEUCHAR, Margaret, Robert HOOGENRAAD and Geoffrey Neil LEECH. English grammar for today :a new introduction. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1982. xvi, 224 s. ISBN 0-333-30644-9. info
  • CHALKER, Sylvia. English grammar :word by word. Harlow: Longman, 1990. 448 s. ISBN 0-17-555705-5. info
Teaching methods
weekly seminars involving theory and practice
Assessment methods
To get a credit from the subject Syntax B, students have to take a mid-term test and translation, and a final credit test (the overall average must be 70%+). Having met these requirements, students can then sit the oral part to the final exam comprising all the topics of both semesters as well as the final test discussion.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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