ENG1300 - English: Past, Present and Future

Year of Study:1
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: Nil
Module Description
This module is designed to introduce students to the history and development of the English language, from its early roots more than a thousand years ago in England to its current status as one of the world’s dominant languages of trade, diplomacy, art, technology and science. This module will cover the principles and techniques of historical linguistics, using actual data from modern and historical sources, in order to analyse the development of the English sound system and grammar. The module will trace the history and evolution of English using representative examples of English literature from different periods, such as: the epic poem Beowulf from the Old English period; Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales from the Middle English period; Shakespeare and other examples of writing and drama from Early Modern English; and various texts from different versions of Modern English in use all over the world. This module is designed to be interdisciplinary. Module topics and discussions will approach the history and development of English from the perspectives of literary analysis, as well as linguistics.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss and write about language, in particular the English language, as a dynamic and evolving system and cultural artifact.

  2. Compare English language data from different periods, and describe the relevant historical phonological and grammatical changes using appropriate linguistic tools.

  3. Discuss the development of English language literature, including the advent of different genres of literature and their roles in the cultures of English-speaking peoples, including poetry, drama and fiction.

  4. Describe and write about social, cultural and historical contexts during different periods of the development of the English language.

  5. Use e-learning platforms, such as the Moodle-based eCampus system, to participate in on-line guided class discussions, together with internet-based electronic tools for academic research.