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General Aim of the B-level Course in English

The B-level course in English continues the A-level work on practical language proficiency and adds new historical and theoretical perspectives. The grammar course provides an overview of the English grammatical system, developing the focus in the first semester on syntax while also giving more attention to semantics and pragmatics. The Linguistic Survey course contains, among other subjects, a historical introduction to the English language and a survey of the mechanisms that influence language change. Of the two literature courses, one surveys English and American literature from the Renaissance to Victorian times, whereas the other focuses on post-war Britain and examines literary and other texts in an attempt to isolate and analyse issues of national and cultural identity.

Subcourses and credits:

B-21: Written Proficiency and Composition (3 credits)
B-22: Grammar (4 credits)
B-23: Linguistic Survey Course (5 credits)
B-24: English and American Literature from the Renaissance to 1880 (5 credits)
B-28: English Studies (3 credits)

Reading list - Spring 2002

It is important that you have the required literature before your course units begin and that you get the editions specified on this list.

All obligatory course books (marked with an asterisk*) have been ordered on your behalf at the University of Sussex bookshop and should be bought there at the beginning of the course.

Other titles on this list are recommended for self-instruction and reference. Titles preceded by (Sx) are available in the University of Sussex bookshop. The bookshop also accepts order for other titles.

Course 21. WRITTEN PROFICIENCY (3 credits)

Recommended for self-instruction:

(Sx) J. Svartvik & O. Sager, Engelsk universitetsgrammatik (second edition) (Liber/ Almqvist & Wiksell)
(Sx) J. Svartvik, O. Sager & S. Hargevik, Övningsbok till Engelsk universitetsgrammatik (second edition) (Liber/ Almqvist & Wiksell)
(Sx) J. Svartvik, O. Sager & S. Hargevik, Övningsbok till Engelsk universitetsgrammatik: Facit(Liber/ Almqvist & Wiksell)
(Sx) Lennart Björk & Christine Räisänen, Academic Writing: A University Writing Course (Studentlitteratur)

Course 22. GRAMMAR (4 credits)

* Johansson & Lysvåg, Understanding English Grammar, Part I: An Overview(Universitetsforlaget AS/Scandinavian University Press)

Course 23. LINGUISTIC SURVEY COURSE (5 credits)

* David Crystal, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
* Jean Aitchison, Language Change; Progress or Decay? (Cambridge University Press)


* William Shakespeare, Hamlet (New Penguin)
* Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels(Penguin)
* Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (Penguin)
* Jenny Green (ed.), Key Poets (Penguin)

(Other printed and photocopied materials will be provided) 

Recommended for self-instruction:

(Sx) John Peck & Martin Coyle, Literary Terms and Criticism (Macmillan)

Course 28. ENGLISH STUDIES (3 credits)

* Terence Rattigan, The Browning Version (Nick Hern Books)
* John Osborne,Look Back in Anger (Faber)
* Doris Lessing, London Observed (Flamingo)
* Helen Zahavi, Dirty Weekend (Flamingo)
A choice of post-war English poetry: Heaney, Larkin, Hill (photocopies)

Various other materials will be used in this course and handed out at the beginning of term.


(All available in the University of Sussex Bookshop)

S. Hargevik & M. Stevens, English Synonyms and False Friends(Gleerups)
Norstedts stora engelsk-svenska ordbok
Norstedts stora svensk-engelska ordbok
Norstedts engelsk-svenska / svensk-engelska ordbok
Svensk-engelsk ordbok (Natur och Kultur)
Cambridge International Dictionary of English
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English
Collins COBUILD English Dictionary
Random House, Webster's Dictionary of American English
The Concise Oxford Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (paperback, Dell)
J.C. Wells, Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (paperback)
English Vocabulary in Use (CUP)
McMordic, English Idioms and How to Use Them
Hübinette/Odenstedt, Useful Expressions in English
Graver, Advanced English Practice(OUP)

Further information concerning reference books is given at the beginning of term.

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