This course is designed specifically for future teachers of Primary English ("Frühbeginnender Englischunterricht"). Competent speakers of all age groups do not only have to master the vocabulary of a given language. They also need to know how to combine words into larger units, such as clauses and sentences. A very good knowledge of English grammar is therefore a prerequisite for understanding what speakers do when they use their language, and for guiding young learners towards linguistic success. This course is intended to assist students in their study of the grammar of English at an advanced level. It provides practice in applying the principles and rules formulated in various grammars, focusing on word-classes and the structure of words (morphology) in the first half of the semester and on the principles of English sentence structure (syntax) in the second one. Additionally, we will explore different approaches to the teaching of English grammar, as well as further theoretical and practical issues the course participants wish to discuss.
Course Book: Biber, Douglas, Susan Conrad and Geoffrey Leech. 2002. Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. London: Longman.