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2017/2018  BA-BEOKO1029U  Structure of English

English Title
Structure of English

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in English and Organisational Communication
Course coordinator
  • Lise-Lotte Hjulmand - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language
Last updated on 23-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: On completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • identify and classify sentence constituents with respect to function and form
  • account for the structure of sentence constituents (phrases and clauses)
  • identify and account for the structure of sentences (simple, complex and coordinated sentences)
  • identify and briefly account for areas of grammar which typically cause problems for Danes (e.g. countability, tense and constituent order), and revise and improve a short text or text extract
  • identify and briefly account for the use of a grammatical category in a text (e.g. number, person, gender, case, tense, voice and aspect) and for concord and constituent order
  • define grammatical terms and use these appropriately
  • use grammatical information in works of reference in an appropriate manner
Course prerequisites
It is advisable that students have followed and passed the 1st semester course Text and Text Production. This course is part of the BA programme in English and Organisational Studies.
Structure of English:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure

Examination language: English

Course content and structure

Structure of English is a course in English grammar.

The aim of the course is both theoretical and practical. Students are thus expected to acquire both a theoretical knowledge of the grammar of the English language and practical skills within the field, cf. the description of the course in the programme curriculum.

Students should:

  • acquire a systematic knowledge of English grammar and thus a frame of reference which can be used as a point of departure in the other subjects in the programme, and which makes it possible for students to understand and use the grammatical information provided in common works of reference
  • strengthen their linguistic powers of observation
  • improve their ability to perform text revision on texts produced by others.


The course also helps students improve their own oral and written language competence so they can communicate in English at an advanced level and develop the skills required to function as a language consultant both to colleagues and the company or organisation that they work for.


The credibility of a company or an organisation depends to a large degree on its ability to communicate professionally in English, both in speech and in writing, and companies or organisations therefore need employees with qualifications which will ensure a high linguistic quality. Some of these qualifications can be acquired in Structure of English.

Teaching methods
All students in the 3rd semester are taught together as one class except in the workshop sessions, which are organised for each class separately.

The course consists of a combination of lectures, discussions, workshops, written assignments and exercises, produced individually or in groups, and other student activities.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive written and oral feedback on their assignments.
Student workload
Lectures, Class Sessions and Workshops 70 hours
Preparation 80 hours
Written Assignments 20 hours
Examination including Exam Preparation 37 hours
Further Information


Expected literature

Hjulmand, Lise-Lotte and Helge Schwarz (2012). A Concise Contrastive Grammar of English for Danish Students. 4th ed. 2nd or 3rd impression. Samfundslitteratur.

Hjulmand, Lise-Lotte (2014). A Concise Contrastive Grammar of English for Danish Students. Workbook. 2nd ed. Samfundslitteratur.


Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. 5th ed. Pearson Education Limited, 2009. or

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. 8th ed. Oxford University Press, 2010.


Supplementary material:

Hjulmand, Lise-Lotte (2016). A Self-Study Workbook with Answer Key. Samfundslitteratur.

Last updated on 23-06-2017