• Class Number 3770
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Jane Simpson
    • Jane Simpson
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course investigates the elements of the English language and how these elements are organised in such a way as to allow speakers and writers to combine them to convey messages which can be instantly decoded by listeners (readers). The emphasis will be on grammar (syntax and morphology), although we will also explore some of the connections between grammar and semantics. In the first and larger part of the course, students will be introduced to the grammar of Standard Modern English, learning terminology and analytical techniques which linguists use to build on and modify traditional grammar. The structural characteristics of English will be compared with those of other languages where appropriate. The last part of the course will deal with variation in English, including regional, social and stylistic variation. Special attention will be paid to 'new Englishes' which have arisen as a result of the learning of English as a second language by people whose first language is not English.

Note: While the course is not aimed at improving the English of non-native speakers, students with English as a second language should find that this course will improve their understanding of the workings of the language at a deep level and have practical effects in helping them to eliminate systematic errors in their English.  These students as well as native speakers of English will learn metalanguage which will be of assistance to them in understanding and acting on constructive criticisms made by teachers on the language of their essays and other writing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse a wide range of English syntactic and morphological structures, applying the grammatical terminology and analytical techniques learned in the course.
  2. Identify instances of specific structures in spoken and written English.
  3. Systematically analyse differences between different varieties of English.
  4. Use the Oxford English Dictionary Online and demonstrate understanding of the information provided in the entries.
  5. Undertake guided research on a topic in English morphology, syntax, or style.

Research-Led Teaching

Students will explore different varieties of English: their own and one another. In doing this they will discover differences in grammatical patterns, and how differences in one part of the grammar may have ramifications in other parts of the grammar. The research they do could lead to new discoveries about lesser known varieties, as past research has often focussed on lexical differences rather than grammatical differences.

Börjars, Kersti, and Burridge, Kate. 2019. Introducing English Grammar. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge [Taylor & Francis]. Third edition

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

In 2021 this course is offered in face-to-face and online mode. Online lectorials and online tutorials will be arranged with students.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to varieties of English over time and space introductory forum post
2 Words: classes, creation, functions lectorial activity sheet
3 Nouns lectorial activity sheet
4 Pronouns and noun phrases lectorial activity sheet; Assignment 1
5 Adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and adjective/adverb/prepositional phrases lectorial activity sheet
6 Verbs and verb phrases lectorial activity sheet
7 Auxiliary verbs: Tense, aspect, modality lectorial activity sheet, forum post
8 Sentence structure. Sentence types lectorial activity sheet, forum post
9 Information packaging, grammatical functions and semantic roles lectorial activity sheet Assignment 2
10 Back to the noun phrase: relative clauses and complement clauses lectorial activity sheet
11 Coordinate and complex sentences lectorial activity sheet
12 Drawing together varieties of English over time and space lectorial activity sheet

Tutorial Registration

Students are asked to register for tutorials on the Wattle site.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Lectorial activity sheets 9 % * * UG LOs 1-4
Forum posts 3 % * * UG LO 5
Analytic assignment 1 18 % 19/03/2021 29/03/2021 UG LOs 1-4
Analytic assignment 2 35 % 03/05/2021 21/05/2021 UG LOs 1-3
Research essay 35 % 07/06/2021 05/07/2021 UG LO 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 9 %
Learning Outcomes: UG LOs 1-4

Lectorial activity sheets

Nine of eleven lectorial activity sheets of questions and problem sets presented weekly during lectorial. 1% each for a total of 9%. Late submission not possible.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 3 %
Learning Outcomes: UG LO 5

Forum posts

Three forum posts: one introduction; one essay proposal and references; one substantial comment on another student's essay proposal. 1% each for a total of 3%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 18 %
Due Date: 19/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: UG LOs 1-4

Analytic assignment 1

Analytical assignment 1, 1-2 pages of questions; 3-5 pages of answers. 18%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 03/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 21/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: UG LOs 1-3

Analytic assignment 2

Analytical assignment, 1-2 pages of questions; 5-7 pages of answers

Assessment Task 5

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 07/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 05/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: UG LO 5

Research essay

Research essay comparing varieties of English. 1800-2000 words. 35%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned through Wattle, or if there are problems, via email.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission is not permitted .

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Languages


Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)

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