Assessment for EL2111


The final mark achieved in this module is based on the Continuous Assessment (60%) and Final Exam (40%). The components of the Continuous Assessment include: an essay, a class test, a group project and tutorial participation.



Students will be required to write an essay for this module, which will be due on 26th March 2019, and this will contribute 20 marks towards your final scale for the module. If you haven’t looked at the guideline for essay writing, please do so before you start planning and writing your essay. Please take note of the following points.

·         Topic for 2019: After reading McWhorter’s ‘The Welshness of English’ (in Files in IVLE), do you consider the linguistic or non-linguistic evidence for the Celtic hypothesis more convincing?


How then will essays be marked? We will look out for:


Feedback: when your essay has been marked, your tutor:

Most essays will fall within the 60- to 74-mark range. Please note that the labels ‘distinction’, ‘merit’, ‘pass’ and ‘unsatisfactory’ cannot be directly related to the letter grades that you will receive from the Registrar’s Office at the end of the module.



Class Test

A class test will be held during the lecture slot on 22nd February 2019. The results of this test will contribute 20 marks to your final score for the module. The test will last for 50 minutes and will take up the first half of the lecture slot, and you will be asked to write short answers to 20 questions, many with parts to them. The test will be based on material covered in Lectures Nos. 1 to 4. You may consult any material you have but, of course, you will not be able to consult other students or to ‘phone a friend’ as a life-line! Your tutor will return the test to you after it has been marked. You will be given a mark out of 100 for this test (this will be scaled down to 20 marks for your CA: multiply the score by 0.2).

·         75–100 marks: excellent (pass with distinction)

·         60–74½ marks: good (pass with merit)

·         50–59½ marks: acceptable but weak in some aspects (pass)

·         0–49½ marks: more work needed (unsatisfactory)


Group Project

Students will need to organise themselves into groups of three or four within their tutorial groups (depending on tutorial size) for the group project. Most tutorial groups should contain five or six project groups, and the presentations will be spread over two tutorial sessions. (If there are groups who are able to do the presentations in one week, I will organise an alternative task for these groups in the second presentation week.) The group composition should ideally be settled before the mid-term break. The group project will be presented orally in weeks beginning Monday 1-iv-2019 and 12-iv-2019, which should be accompanied by a jointly-written report. It is the written report that will be marked and the same mark will be awarded to all members of the same group, and this will count towards 10 marks of your final score for the module. (The oral presentation will be taken into account for the tutorial attendance and participation score; see below.) The presentation should last no more than 15 minutes, and the written report should closely reflect the oral presentation. Please also include title, a reference list and a paragraph on the contribution of each group member. Remember that the stipulations about margin, spacing, language, etc. made in relation to the essay also apply to the written report. This means that the report should be polished and in continuous prose (not in point form). There is no official word limit: the report should reflect what was presented orally and should not contain material not included in the oral presentation.


The aim of the project is for students to work together to select and analyse a text passage from the set text in the light of the various points raised in the module.  In this way you can characterise the language of the text. This year’s set text is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You should select a passage of no more than 400 words in length (ideally, shorter than that). The different groups will focus on different aspects of the language. Your analysis should aim to explain those aspects in relation to the extract. However, remember that this is a literary text, where language is used to achieve certain effects for the readers or audience.


Ideally, different groups should select passages highlighting different characters, and your tutor might help to arrange it so that each group within a tutorial group will focus on the following characters or relationships:

(a) orthography and writing conventions;

(b) vocabulary: the lovers;

(c) the grammar of Shakespeare’s English (inflections, operator use, tense and aspect);

(d) the pronoun system and terms of address;

(e) vocabulary: the fairy folk and ‘rude mechanicals’ (alternative topic: phonological change);

(f) the grammar of Shakespeare’s English (word order; subjunctive mood; rhetoric)


In all of this remember you are examining a constructed text (and therefore constructed dialogues) with a particular intended audience in order to achieve particular effects.


Groups (a), (b) and (c) will present during Tutorial 8; groups (d), (e) and (f) will present during Tutorial 9. Mutually arranged swaps between groups are acceptable. The report should accompany the presentation. Two days’ delay (with no penalty) is available with permission from your tutor.


Two useful books to consult are (1) Keith Johnson's (2013) Shakespeare's English: A Practical Linguistic Guide and (2) N F Blake’s A Grammar of Shakespeare’s Language (2002), both available from the RBR.


Remember that the examination will also contain a passage from the set text.


During the presentation:

·         Indicate your focus, you are not to be exhaustive.

·         Introduce the extract and its context for the presentation (please read or show a video clip of at least part of it).

·         Ensure that you look at the extract in detail rather than talk in general terms.

·         Provide a strong conclusion.


Please check about the facilities available in the tutorial room – it might be possible to use the visualiser or computer.


Feedback: when your report has been marked, your tutor:

·         will give an overall comment in words at the end of your report;

·         may also give marginal comments; and

·         assign a mark out of 10 for your essay (this will be your CA mark for the report): any report with 7½ and above is exceptional (pass with distinction); any report awarded 6 to 7 marks is good (pass with merit); any report awarded 5 to 5½ marks is acceptable but is weak in some aspects (pass); and any report awarded 4½ marks or below is weak in many aspects (unsatisfactory).


Tutorial attendance and participation

A total of 10 marks will be assigned for tutorial attendance and participation. If your attendance is irregular, you will receive a very low score for this, so be forewarned! We expect students to come to tutorials prepared: this means having gone through the tutorial material and completed the various readings required. We also expect students to be willing to contribute to the discussion.


This score will not be released to students, so by the end of the module, students will be able to work out 40 out of the 50 marks assigned as continuous assessment marks.


Final Exam

This will be an open-book two-hour paper held at 9.00 to 11.00 am on Wednesday, 2-v-2019 (venue: yet to be finalised). The exam will count towards 40% of your final score for the module. There will be three compulsory questions in the exam:

            (a) Question 1 will ask you to respond to all four short statements relevant to the content of the module. You will be asked to indicate your position in relation to these statements and account for the position taken.

            (b) Question 2 will involve the analysis of a short passage taken from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: you will be asked to pick out features of the language in the passage and discuss them.

            (c) Question 3 will constitute an essay question: there is a choice between a more general question and a more specific question.


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