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122041 PS Proseminar Linguistics 1 (2020W)


6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Please note: It is strongly recommended that you have completed ILSS 1 before signing up for Proseminar Linguistics 1.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.10. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 13.10. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 03.11. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Building on the introductory module (STEOP), this course discusses the basics of academic writing and research methodology with the help of hands-on examples from English linguistics. Students will be familiarized with basic concepts and fundamental problems in the field of English syntax. They will then individually investigate one selected topic and submit their findings in the form of a written paper.

In this course, students are made familiar with:
• Basic concepts and problems in the field of syntax pertaining to the study of English
• The basic principles and ethics of academic research
• Finding and evaluating academic sources
• The basic conventions of academic writing
• Selected resources and tools used in the study of syntax

Students will be able to carry out a guided literature-based research project on a topic in the field of syntax, building on knowledge acquired in the course.

Reading, discussions, peer-group interaction, in-class and individual (online) exercises, lecturer input, autonomous research.

As this course builds on knowledge and skills acquired during the STEOP (Language Analysis and ISL1), knowledge of basic concepts and related terminology in the field of English linguistics are taken for granted. Additionally, writing skills such as paragraphing (topic sentence, support, etc.) and having a clear line of argumentation will be taken for granted, and a basic understanding of the structure of an in-text citation will prove helpful.
We suggest that students complete ISL2 before taking PS1 - Syntax, since many of the concepts used in the PS1 are discussed in the ISL2 lecture. We also strongly suggest that students have completed at least ILSS1 before taking this course.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Pre-paper activities (bibliography and mini-paper outline)
• Mini-paper (first draft and final version)
• Regular assignments throughout the semester (homework assignments, midterm quiz, peer-review, etc.)
• Participation in class

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Please understand that this is a 6-ECTS course, which means about 150 hours of work, only 20 of which are class time. Accordingly, you will spend about 8 hours a week in addition to the contact hours working for this course. You need to be able to dedicate that much time to it.

Assessment is based on:
• Pre-paper activities (bibliography and mini-paper outline) – 10%
• Mini-paper (1st draft) – 40%
• Mini-paper (final version) – 20%
• Regular assignments throughout the semester (homework assignments, in-class and online quizzes, peer review) – 30%
• Completion and submission of all tasks on time and in full.

In order to pass, you must reach a positive grade on at least one of the mini-paper submissions (first draft or final version), i.e. failing both mini-paper versions means that you will not pass the course, independent of the overall points reached.

Please note that attendance is mandatory. A maximum of two absences is tolerated. If you cannot attend the very first class, you need to inform your lecturer *before the end of that session*, otherwise your spot will be given to another student. Also, please understand that your work will be submitted to a plagiarism check using anti-plagiarism software.

Grading scheme:
1 (Sehr gut): 100-90%
2 (Gut): 89.9-80%
3 (Befriedigend): 79.9-70%
4 (Genügend): 69.9-60%
5 (Nicht genügend): 59.9-0%

Examination topics

• Understanding of basic concepts in the field of syntax
• Ability to write an academic paper in English
• Literature research skills
• Covering a topic in the field of syntax
• Structuring a paper
• Developing a clear line of argumentation
• Adhering to formal regulations
• Successfully using academic English

Reading list

Class reader (details to be announced on Moodle platform)

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.2-204, BA05.3
Lehrinhalt: 12-2041

Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 10:09