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Pedagogical grammar with elements of the history of the English language and contrastive grammar

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Course ID: 4101-3SGPEGKO Erasmus code / ISCED: 05.1 / (0110) Education, not further defined
Course title: Pedagogical grammar with elements of the history of the English language and contrastive grammar Name in Polish: Gramatyka pedagogiczna z elementami gramatyki kontrastywnej i historii języka
Department: University College of English Language Teacher Education
Course groups: (in Polish) MODUŁ I. Przygotowanie w zakresie merytorycznym do nauczania przedmiotu (prowadzenia zajęć)
(in Polish) Przedmioty obowiązkowe - sem. 3
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available)
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Language: English
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

(in Polish) Znajomość podstawowych pojęć gramatycznych omawianych na 1 roku

Short description:

The aim of the course is to systematize and deepen the students’ knowledge of English grammar and usage as well as the knowledge of contrastive English- Polish grammar.

Full description:

The aim of the course is to systematize and deepen the students’ knowledge of English grammar and usage as well as the knowledge of contrastive English- Polish grammar.


- to familiarize students with the grammatical terminology used in describing English grammar

- to improve their grammatical accuracy

- to teach the students the skills of grammaticality judgement and error recognition

- to teach the students ways of discovering and formulating the rules of English grammar

- to make students familiar with the main changes that occurred in the English language from the Old English period up to the present

- to make students familiar with the differences and similarities in grammar between English and Polish

- to develop students’ cognitive interests and to support their intellectual development by means of: enriching their knowledge of regional varieties of contemporary English, studying the origins of phenomena considered to be unique to the English language, examining the influence of interference of Polish on the structure of English

- to use academic knowledge to obtain the practical skills necessary for a teacher of a foreign language at the first and second stage of education, including teaching the grammar and lexis of English

Semester III

1. Reported Speech

2.Verb complementation- the use of the infinitive and gerund in the complement position of verbs

3.Conditional clauses: classification of conditional clauses: traditional classification of conditional clauses vs. a new division of conditional clauses depending on their tense (present, future, past) or the mood of the condition (open, real/unreal).

4.Conjunctions introducing conditional clauses: if, unless, provided, given, etc.

5.Inversion in conditional clauses.

6.Modal verbs in conditional clauses: the use of ‘will/would’ and ‘should’ after ‘if’.

7.Relative clauses: types of relative clauses: restrictive and non-restrictive - structural and semantic difference.

8.Relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which, where, when, that, relative adverbials: where, when, why

9.Relative pronouns with prepositions.

10. Relative clauses in early Modern English (the 16th century).

11.Nouns: regular and irregular plural formation, invariable singular nouns and invariable plural nouns.

12.Concord between the subject and the verb.

13. Differences in the structure of a NP in English and Polish

14.Types of reference: specific and generic.

15.Articles: definite and indefinite and their use to express specific and generic reference.

16.The use of articles with proper nouns, geographical names, institutions, means of transport, illnesses, meals, etc.

17.Idiomatic use of articles.

18. Differences in expressing definiteness and indefiniteness in English and Polish.


Barber, C. (1976) Early Modern English. London, Deutsch.

Barber,C. , J. C. Beal and P. A. Shaw (2009) The English Language: A Historical introduction (wyd. 2). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Berry R. 1993. Collins Cobuild English Guides 3: Articles. Harper Collins.

Biber D., S. Johansson, G. Leech, S. Conrad, and E. Finegan (1999) Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Longman

Carter, R., R. Hughes, M. McCarthy (2000) Exploring English Grammar in Context, CUP.

Chalker, S. (1993, wyd. 8.) Current English Grammar, Macmillan.

Fisiak, J. M. Lipińska-Grzegorek and T. Zabrocki (1978) An introductory English-Polish contrastive grammar. Warszawa, PWN.

Foley,M. and D. Hall (2003) Advanced Learners’ Grammar. Longman

Foley M. and D. Hall. 2012. MyGrammarLab. Advanced. Pearson.

Freeborne, Dennis (1992) From Old English to Standard English. Macmillan.

Gethin, Hugh (1990, wyd. 2.) Grammar in Context, Collins ELT.

Gołębiowska, L. (2000) A book czy the book?: o przedimkach w języku angielskim. Warszawa, Prószyński i S-ka.

Graver, B. D. (1986, wyd. 3.) Advanced English Practice, OUP.

Haines, S. and M. Nettle (2007) Advanced Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises, CUP.

Hewings, M. (1999) Advanced Grammar in Use, CUP.

Krzeszowski, T. (1994) Gramatyka angielska dla Polaków. Warszawa, PWN.

Leech, G. (1987) Meaning and the English Verb, Longman.

Leech, G. and J. Svartvik (1990, wyd. 17.) A Communicative Grammar of English, Longman.

Lewis M. (1986) The English Verb, LTP.

McCrum, R., W. Cran and R. MacNeil (1986) The story of English. London, Faber and Faber/BBC Publications.

Millward, C. M. (1988) A biography of the English language. Holt, Reinhart and Winston.

Palmer, F. R. (1988, wyd. 2.) Modality and the English Modals, Longman.

Quirk, Randolph and Sidney Greenbaum (1991, wyd. 26.) A University Grammar of English, Longman.

Swan, Michael (1997) Practical English Usage, OUP.

Swan, M. and D. Baker (2008) Grammar Scan, OUP.

Swan, M. and C. Walter. 2011. Oxford English Grammar Course (Advanced). OUP.

Swan, Michael and Catherine Walter (1997) How English Works, OUP.

Wilim, E. and E. Mańczak-Wohlfeld (1997) A contrastive approach to problems with English. Warszawa, PWN.

Visser, F. T. (1963-73) An historical sytax of the English language. Leiden, E. J. Brill.

Yule, G. (2006) Oxford Practice Grammar, OUP.

Learning outcomes:


K_W01 The student has a basic knowledge concerning form and function of various grammatical notions such as relative clauses, definiteness, etc. H1P__W01

K_W02 The student has a basic knowledge of the language changes that occurred during the development of English aimed at recognizing the influence of historical processes on the shape of contemporary English, as well as the knowledge concerning similarities and differences between English and Polish in the sphere of grammar and lexis aimed at eliminating mistakes resulting from interference H1P_W02

K_W03 The student knows basic terminology concerning pedagogical grammar, history of English and contrastive grammar. H1P_W03


K_U01 The student is able to analyse linguistic data H1P_U01

K_U02 The student is able to discover on his/her own the processes that take place in the language and develop professional skills connected with teaching grammar and lexis of English H1P_U02 H1A_U01 H1A_U03 H1A_U10

Social competences

K_K07 The student is aware of the level of his/her knowledge of and skills in pedagogical grammar, understands the need for constant study and personal development, decides on directions of his/her own development and study H1A_K01 H1A_K04 S1A_K02

K_K02 The student is able to work in a group H1P_K02

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

In-class evaluation (preparation for the classes and class activity): 10%

Final written test: 60%

Work on the e-learning platform: 30%

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