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Rules and exceptions in the English language


Grammar B

6 credits

Autumn / Spring



This course examines the structure of English as a system of both rules and exceptions, and aims to provide full mastery of English grammar in both speech and writing. There is a focus on gaining familiarity with the syntactic patterns that constitute exceptions and varieties of English language structure.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Linguistic and cultural knowledge that is useful at work or at home Do you want to work in advertising and PR, translation and interpretation, politics, travel, journalism, international relations, cultural criticism? All these fields require skills in English and knowledge related to different cultures. Studying English at Södertörn University will help you use English, and language in general, in the most effective manner, allowing you to use these skills in advertising, politics or other in professions in which you need a high level of communicative skill. You will also gain the skills you need for employment in a workplace where English is the working language, which makes English a great supplement to other subjects. Studying English brings the opportunity to continue studying at Master’s level and beyond. Read about research in this subject
Syntactic patterns, rules and exceptions in English This 6-credit course aims to develop your knowledge of the structure of the English language structure as a system of rules and exceptions, providing a deep understanding of English grammar in both speech and writing. You will explore fundamental concepts and methods in syntactic analyses of the English language and focus on the syntactic patterns which constitute exceptions and varieties in the structure of English, so that you can handle these exceptions in your use of English. In addition, you will learn to adopt a critical approach to possibilities and limitations of syntactic analyses. Course design Teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars, and assessment is conducted through seminar attendance and written examination.
A global language to help you understand the world English is a global language. Learning English opens doors to personal development and future success; you can study or work abroad, gain better understanding of the mechanisms in a multicultural society and think critically about many aspects of current societal and political problems. Learning a foreign language also brings new ways of looking at the problems in the world. English at Södertörn University specialises in teaching and research in English and fields directly linked to the subject, such as linguistics, literature and the culture of English-speaking countries. It encourages critical thinking about the links between historical, social and cultural circumstances, and well as examining how different social groups use language. Another aspect is that of how a language is learned and what influences the process.