Course: Development of the English Language

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Course title Development of the English Language
Course code KAJ/VAJNE
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Šimůnková Renata, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Haupt Jaromír, Mgr. PhD.
Course content
What is language, general features, classification of languages, roots of English, Old English, Middle English, Great Vowel Shift, Early Modern English, the development of writing, English today.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 15 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 17 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course focuses on basic notions connected with language changes and the phases of the development of the English language. Students have an opportunity to read extracts from various periods of the language development and compare similarities and differences between the oldest texts and present-day ones.
The knowledge of the gradual change of the English language and the historical events which influenced it.
C1 level of English

Assessment methods and criteria
Student's performance analysis, Systematické pozorování studenta, Written assignment

Attendance, presentation, a test.
Recommended literature
  • Pei, M. and J. B. Kippincott. The Story of Language.. W. Morrow and Company, 1994.
  • Baugh, A. C. and T. Cable. A History of the English Language.. Rutledge, 1993.
  • Crystal, D. The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language.. Cambridge, 1987.

Study plans that include the course
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