American English (Amerikai angol) in spring 2019
Farkas Orsolya, Fri 09:00–10:30, R433, 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
requirements & assessment
Requirements Regular attendance. Students can miss a maximum of three classes, but they are encouraged to attend each and every class. Being late to class three times is also considered 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. The summary or handout of this presentation is to be sent to the teacher in writing two days in advance. If either part is missing (it is not submitted in writing or not presented orally, because the student misses that class), that takes 2 grades off of this grade component. Tests. There will be two tests throughout the semester, covering the required units of the reading material and the exercises. These tests will have to be written before the exam period.