American English (Amerikai angol) in autumn 2017
Farkas Orsolya, Fri 12:30–14:00, R439, host: DAS (R306)
3-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-241
description & set texts

Course description

The course offers a basic introduction to the study of American English, a distinct variety of the English language, in a systematic manner. Differences between British and American English will be discussed on diverse levels of the language: pronunciation, spelling and punctuation, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, grammar, speaking style and miscellaneous differences.

Reading material

Zoltán Kövecses 2000. Bridge One. British and American English Differences for Learners of English with Exercises, Librotrade Kft. – MPL Könyv Kft


Week Date Topic Required reading

1 Sept 15 Orientation

2 Sept 22 History Introduction

3 Sept 29 Pronunciation Unit 1

4 Oct 6 Spelling and Punctuation Unit 2

5 Oct 13 Vocabulary I Unit 3, Sections 1-8

6 Oct 20 Vocabulary II Unit 3, Sections 9-15

7 Oct 27 Test 1 (mid-term)


9 Nov 10 Grammar I Unit 4, Sections, 1-3

10 Nov 17 Grammar II Unit 4, Sections 4-6

11 Nov 24 Speaking Style I Unit 5, Sections 1-4

12 Dec 1 Speaking Style II Unit 5, Sections 5-7

13 Dec 8 Miscellaneous differences Unit 6

14 Dec 15 Test 2 (end-term)

requirements & assessment


Regular attendance. Students can miss a maximum of three classes, but they are encouraged to attend each and every class. Coming to class more than 10 minutes late counts as an absence. Three latenesses of less than 10 minutes also count as an absence.

Class participation. Students should come prepared for the classes, which means that they need to read the required unit – as designated by the syllabus – in advance, be ready to raise relevant questions and provide intelligent comments on the discussed topics. Constructive group work will also be required in working with the exercises.

Presentation. At the orientation, students will be asked to sign up for short presentations or creative exercises (15 min each) to be held during specific classes of the course. If a student misses a class when his/her presentation is due, it either results in a 0 score and a failed course, or – with a doctor’s note upon illness – it can be postponed to the class period of the next test.

Tests. There will be two tests throughout the semester, covering both the required units of the reading material and the additional material presented in class. Attendance is obligatory on the day of each test, except for a doctor’s note that has to be presented at the next class following the test or sent in a scanned version. A missed test results in a 0 score and a failed course. With a doctor’s note, retake is possible on the first week of the exam period.


Mid-term and end-term tests: 30-30%, Class participation: 20%, Presentation: 20%

Note: students must not get a zero in any of these components in order to pass the course.

Score (%) Grade

86-100 5

76-85 4

66-75 3

56-65 2

0-55 1