English Language & LINGUISTI Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer

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Grundkurs Language

  Content   The Grundkurs Language is the first of two integrated language courses to be taken during the first year (the second one being the Aufbaukurs). 

The focus of the Grundkurs will lie on your receptive language skills

The course is subdivided into three units, each dealing with a different area of UK and US Landeskunde - such as identity, education and culture.

Each unit will also focus on specific areas of grammar, and there will be a range of materials and exercises aimed at expanding and enhancing your vocabulary. For instance, we will do several listening comprehension exercises in class.

As the course is designed as a coached self-study course, we expect you to do a considerable amount of homework every week. 

The course ends with a written examination whose date will be announced in class. (Presumably, it will take place on the last Saturday of the semester.)

  Material   You will find digital material - including the course script - online in my password-protected StudOn area for this course.

In order to be able to access the material for this particular course, you will need to register with a password that will be announced during the first meeting.

  Obligatory reading  
Grundkurs course booklet. The digital version is available in StudOn. I will tell you where you can get a bound printed version during the first meeting.
ReMedial Grammar Advanced
Please sign up for this interactive e-learning tool at the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern and activate it at www.rmg.sz.uni-erlangen.de. If you fail to do so, you will not be admitted to the final examination. While the Grundkurs covers the finite verbs, you will be required to do the exercises on the non-finite verbs for the Aufbaukurs. Our e-tutors will help you with any questions you have regarding the registration process or the exercises.
Sammon, Geoff (2006): Exploring English Grammar. Berlin: Cornelsen.
[This grammar book, which you should get immediately after the first lesson, is aimed at German learners of English.]
Swan, Michael (2005): Practical English Usage. 3rd ed. Oxford: OUP.
[A very useful reference book, which we particularly encourage you to buy. You will be tested on the relevant lessons from Swan in the final examination. ]
  Additional reading   See my vocabulary and grammar reading suggestions.
  Useful links   See my English language links.
  Links mentioned in class   You may wish to take a second look some of the internet material referred to in class.

Unit 1

Sporting metaphors

Unit 2

Counselling on common problems for freshers.