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Expanding your English vocabulary skills, WS 2019/2020

1 General Information concerning this course

This course is designed primarily for ERASMUS and other exchange students who are studying Applied Linguistics, Translation, and similar subjects. It is worth 3 ECTS points. It is followed by a separate English vocabulary course in summer semester, which is also worth 3 ECTS points. The CEFR Level of both courses is C1.

The aim of both courses is to increase students’ command of English vocabulary.

In winter semester, we begin with a brief theoretical introduction. This is followed by a close reading of a text from the field of applied linguistics on the differences between spoken and written language; the text will be supplied at the beginning of the semester. The course leader will also make available an extensive vocabulary list for the text, which will serve as a springboard for further work on lexical relations in modern English. There will also be comprehension exercises on the text itself and further vocabulary-building exercises on some of the wide variety of different fields that are encountered in the real-life examples used in the text. Particular emphasis will be placed on expanding students’ command of academic vocabulary. Students are encouraged to participate actively and to introduce topics of their own as well.

The companion course, in summer semester, will begin with a brief theoretical introduction. This will be followed by practical work on derivational morphology, vocabulary in context, semantic relations between vocabulary items, and many other topics. We will explore particular areas of English vocabulary in depth. We will also look briefly at the history of dictionaries and thesauruses. We will endeavour to cover topic areas that were not covered in winter; some of the work in summer semester will be related to current sociopolitical and socioeconomic developments. Students will be encouraged to participate actively and to introduce topics of their own as well.

In each semester, there are weekly exercise sheets to complete, plus a final assignment to be handed in.

The course will be taught in weekly ninety-minute blocks and is worth 3 ECTS; thus, the total workload is approximately 75 to 90 academic hours (including the 30 academic hours — i.e. 2 academic hours a week over 15 weeks — of class time).

Students can obtain a graded certificate (3 ECTS points) by completing all of the assessment tasks (weekly exercises plus final examination or essay).

All students taking the course should make sure that their correct e-mail address is on the course mailing list. It would be appreciated if students could include the word
“[lexis]”
(including the square brackets) in the subject field of any emails addressed to the course leader.

As this course is currently undergoing radical redevelopment, the number of places in it is limited to 12.

2 Course Notes

Here are the course notes for winter semester 2019/2020:

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/coursenotes201902/index.pdf

3 Materials used in class

Links to some of the materials used in class can be found in the course notes.

Other materials to be used in class (or handed in) on particular dates will be placed in the following folders:

3.1 Week 01, Mo 14.x.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit01

3.2 Week 02, Mo 21.x.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit02

3.3 Week 03, Mo 28.x.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit03

3.4 Week 04, Mo 04.xi.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit04

3.5 Week 05, Mo 11.xi.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit05

3.6 Week 06, Mo 18.xi.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit06

3.7 Week 07, Mo 25.xi.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit07

3.8 Week 08, Mo 02.xii.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit08

3.9 Week 09, Mo 09.xii.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit09

3.10 Week 10, Mo 16.xii.2019

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit10

3.11 Week 11, Mo 06.i.2020

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit11

3.12 Week 12, Mo 13.i.2020

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit12

3.13 Week 13, Mo 20.i.2020

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit13

3.14 Week 14, Mo 27.i.2020

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit14

3.15 Week 15, Mo 03.ii.2020

http://www.spence.saar.de/courses/lexis/unit15

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