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1 Lynne Murphy29 October 2004 First year Linguistics and English Language at Sussex

2 Lynne Murphy29 October 2004 Two degree subjects English Language no particular A-levels req’d ABB/360 tariff points (3A, 1AS) single major joint major English Education Studies European Humanities French, German, Italian, Spanish* Film Studies (English) Literature Linguistics TESOL major/minor Film French, German, Italian, Spanish* Linguistics no particular A-levels req’d BBB/340 tariff points (3A, 1AS) single major joint major English Language Cognitive Science French, German, Italian, Spanish* Contemporary European Studies European Humanities Philosophy TESOL major/minor Cognitive Science French, German, Italian, Spanish*

3 Lynne Murphy29 October 2004 Two core course offerings * = English Language & Linguistics joint degree bold = double weighted or year-long courses English Language Year 1: The Making of English* Language & Style Current Soc’l Issues in EL* Year 2:Structure of EL I: Grammar Structure of EL II: Semx/Prax (x2 opt)Socio, Psycho & Cogn Lx* Year 3: Modern English Pronunciation English World Wide* (x2 opt)Psycho, Discourse, Cogn Research project Linguistics Year 1: Approaches to Meaning* Approaches to Grammar Approaches to Pronunciation Language in Society Year 2:Grammar* Semantics and Pragmatics* Phonology* (x2 opt)Socio, Psycho or Cogn Lx* Year 3: Linguistic Typology(*) Historical Linguistics* (x 2 opt)Psycho, socio, discourse, cogn* Research project

4 Lynne Murphy29 October 2004 Challenges we face All 1st year (& many subsequent) courses include non-majors All EL/Lx students don’t take same courses, due to joint prgrms Mix of students w/ & w/o EL A level (both degrees) Results in some ‘review’ for A level takers Little uniformity of bkgrnd knwldg, even for those w/ EL A lvl General student fear of ‘science’, ‘grammar’, ‘maths’ General student ignorance of notions like ‘noun’, ‘passive’ etc. Lack of academic skills appropriate to uni level Offering two full programmes w/ only 6 permanent faculty Recent increases in intake, shift to larger teaching groups

5 Lynne Murphy29 October 2004 Tackling the challenges 1st year Lx courses integrate descriptive, theoretical and applied approaches to lexical semantics, grammar & phonology 1st year EL courses emphasise links to literature & social issues—following familiar ground from most A-level experiences Original research tackled from the start (e.g., Adopt-a-Word) Portfolio assessment, including written work, presentations, course participation, etc. Where possible, including feedback/revision of written work. Institution of ‘skills curriculum’ (including ‘remedial’ grammar) Fantastic associate tutors

6 Lynne Murphy29 October 2004 The skills curriculum Sponsored by small University Teaching/Learning Devt grant Identify academic, professional, & subject-specific skills needed ID appropriate places in curriculum for delivery of skills teaching Develop seminar/tutorial/handbook materials for skills T/L Develop interest/enthusiasm/commitment/confidence in teaching skills

7 Lynne Murphy29 October 2004 Skills to be delivered in Year 1 Planning/giving presentations* Dictionary awareness/skills, using OED on-line* Peer-editing* Referencing, plagiarism avoidance, web literacy(*) Word processing for Grammar (Lx 1, EL 2) Word processing for Phonology (Lx 1, EL 3) Part-of-speech workshop* Essay writing (*) (Lx through writing/feedback/revision) (Negotiating group work)

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