Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Advanced Description of English Grammar and Text (Summer School) ENGLANG1011

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will provide students with an opportunity to advance their understanding of English grammar and to apply this knowledge in practical tasks including the analysis of spoken and written texts.


Two weeks, with 4 contact hours daily: two-hour seminar/workshop; one hour of assignment preparation; followed by a further one-hour seminar/workshop.

Requirements of Entry

IELTs level 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in any component.

Enrolled as a student in a university.

Excluded Courses





Portfolio of Grammar analysis tasks -- 30%

Analytical mark-up of short written text -- 15%

Analytical mark-up of interactional data -- 15%

Oral presentation of interactional analysis (5 minutes duration) -- 20%

Interpretative essay on the written text analysis (750 words) -- 20%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Not available for any assessments due to time-bound nature of International Summer School.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the skills necessary to analyse English clauses from a structural and functional basis and to use this skill as the basis for analysing spoken and written texts from a variety of contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Analyse English clauses according to structural and functional criteria;

■ Describe written and spoken texts in terms of their grammatical features;

■ Formulate a research question relevant to comparative text analysis;

■ Illustrate analytical findings in an accessible manner;

■ Compare and contrast texts from a variety of contexts.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.