ENGL 212 A1: Intro to the English Language

L. Schechter

This course offers a linguistic approach to the English language: it studies the social conventions which determine the structure and use of the English language as it is currently spoken and written in Canada and elsewhere in the world. It is meant to serve a wide variety of students, for instance scientists interested in the precise, systematic, objective analysis of English as an object of study in its own right, educators hoping to teach language with greater insight and sensitivity, and English majors interested in appreciating the medium which enables their own writing and that of all other English-language authors. All students who take the course should find that it enhances their understanding of and interest in their own language use and that of other people. This is not a course in composition; nor is it a course in remedial grammar.

Please note that while some organize this class to focus more heavily on linguistics, others put more emphasis on language as a constantly changing social construction and mechanism. This section attends more often to the latter approach.