Introduction to English Grammar


Introduction to English Grammar will provide you with a basic understanding of the workings of English grammar. You will gain this understanding through the study and analysis of the structure of English sentences. This explicit knowledge of the rules of language use will enable you to analyze and improve your own writing in English.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


Syllabus for students autumn 2020, autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
EN221L revision 2
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Date of ratification:
22 February 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
09 February 2015

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of English as a main subject at the 1-30 credit level. It can also normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.


The aim of Introduction to English grammar is for students to develop understanding of grammatical terminology and to develop the ability to analyze English sentences in terms of form and function. In addition, it aims for students to develop the ability to write standard academic English at a level of correctness that reflects the analytical level of the course.


'Introduction to English Grammar' deals with formal and functional aspects of grammatical structures in English and the analytical tools for describing these. In particular, the course focuses on the grammar of standard academic English, whilst overtly acknowledging and discussing the existence of other varieties.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After successfully completing the module, the student:
1. knows and understands the terminology of grammatical analysis with regard to both form and function

Skills and ability
After successfully completing the module, the student:
2. can analyze English sentences in terms of grammatical form and function
3. can write standard academic English at a level of grammatical correctness that reflects the analytical skills gained in the course
4. can work to agreed timetables, manage workloads, and meet deadlines

Critical skills and approach
After successfully completing the module, the student:
5. can critically evaluate their own production with regard to appropriateness of register
6.'can critically discuss the societal power dynamics underlying the notion of 'correct grammar', in relation to usage variation across register, class, dialect, etc.'
7. can take responsibility for their own learning by utilizing available support in the practicing and acquisition of analysis skills and proficiency

Learning activities

Learning activities are lectures, seminars, and self-study. The lectures introduce the topics of the course and lay a foundation for the self-study of the literature and for the work with the grammar exercises. The seminars focus on the grammar exercises and provide feedback on the students' understanding of the issues at hand.


The course is graded by means of a written exam and of a portfolio requiring the student to perform a number of different tasks throughout the course.
Exam: Grammar, 3.5 credits (Learning Outcomes 1- 4, 7)
Portfolio, 4 credits (Learning outcomes 1-7)
Both components (the exam and the portfolio) must receive a passing grade for the student to receive a passing grade for the course as a whole.
Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same format as the original exams, although within the portfolio tasks may be modified.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Hopper, P., & Hudson J. (In preparation.) English Grammar. Will be published on the homepage for the course.
Additional material in the form of articles and other shorter texts can be included.
Recommended supplementary literature:
Crystal, D. 2004. Rediscover Grammar. 3rd edition. Harlow: Pearson Education. ISBN 0582848628

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

Language of instruction is English.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


31 August 2020 - 08 November 2020 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK