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EED201J/101/3/2013

Tutorial letter 101/3/2013
Investigating English

EED201J

Semesters 1 & 2
Department of English Studies
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This Tutorial Letter contains important information about your module.

CONTENTS
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1 2 2.1 2.2 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 4 4.1 4.2 4.3 5 6 7 8 8.1 8.2 8.2.1 8.2.2 8.3 8.4 9 10 11 12 14 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................ 3 PURPOSE OF AND OUTCOMES FOR THE MODULE ............................................................... 4 Purpose .......................................................................................................................................... 4 Outcomes ....................................................................................................................................... 4 LECTURER(S) AND CONTACT DETAILS .................................................................................... 5 Lecturer(s) ...................................................................................................................................... 5 Department ..................................................................................................................................... 6 University ........................................................................................................................................ 6 MODULE-RELATED RESOURCES .............................................................................................. 7 Prescribed books ............................................................................................................................ 7 Recommended books ..................................................................................................................... 7 Electronic Reserves (e-Reserves) .................................................................................................. 7 STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE MODULE ................................................................ 7 MODULE-SPECIFIC STUDY PLAN............................................................................................... 8 MODULE PRACTICAL WORK AND WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING ..................................... 8 ASSESSMENT ............................................................................................................................... 8 Assessment plan ............................................................................................................................ 8 General assignment numbers ......................................................................................................... 9 Unique assignment numbers .......................................................................................................... 9 Due dates for assignments ............................................................................................................. 9 Submission of assignments ............................................................................................................ 9 Assignments ................................................................................................................................. 10 OTHER ASSESSMENT METHODS............................................................................................. 21 EXAMINATION ............................................................................................................................. 21 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS .......................................................................................... 22 CONCLUSION .............................................................................................................................. 22 ADDENDUM ................................................................................................................................. 22

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Please read Tutorial Letter 301 in combination with Tutorial Letter 101 as it gives you an idea of general important information when studying at a distance. you will ensure that misunderstandings do not occur later in the semester. as they always contain important and. A tutorial letter is our way of communicating with you about teaching. Also be on the lookout for invitations to attend group discussion classes and satellite or video conferencing lectures. We urge you to read it carefully and to keep it at hand when working through the study material. which you should buy as soon as possible. If you did your first level module. If there are matters you are unsure of. It also presents the assignment topics for both semesters. 101) contains important information about this module. Please note that you DO need to buy the 8th edition of this dictionary (not an earlier edition). resources and assignments for this module. You will be well on your way to success if you start studying early in the semester and resolve to do the assignments properly. Information on these matters will be available on myUnisa and through tutorial letters. preparing the assignments. Tutorial Letter 101 contains important information about the scheme of work. which is one of the two prescribed books.EED201J/101 1 INTRODUCTION Dear Student We are pleased to welcome you to this module and hope that you will find it both interesting and rewarding. This tutorial letter (no. sometimes. Tuition for this module will be in the form of a Study Guide and tutorial letters. 3 . preparing for the examination and addressing questions to your lecturers. Tutorial matter You will receive a number of tutorial letters during the semester. learning and assessment. Try to interact with other students by becoming an active participant on the discussion forum. We would like to encourage you to use the myUnisa course site as often as you can. you will already have the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. you are welcome to contact us. We shall do our best to make your study of this module successful. as certain exercises have been set on it. If you read the entire tutorial letter carefully. urgent information. We will post announcements from time to time. The Study Guide and tutorial letters will refer specifically to the prescribed texts. Right from the start we would like to point out that you must read all the tutorial letters you receive during the semester immediately and carefully.

English in Perspective. where we want you to: • use text mapping techniques to represent the information in a text. • use academic conventions such as referencing. sound patterns. such as the characteristics of human language.In Tutorial Letter 101. We hope that this semester proves to be a worthwhile and fruitful one for you. in which we aimed at giving you an overview of the English Language.1 PURPOSE OF AND OUTCOMES FOR THE MODULE Purpose The purpose of this module is to provide a framework for the systematic study of the English language. bibliographical techniques properly.  • write in an appropriate academic register. • write short answers in carefully structured sentences and paragraphs. demonstrate your understanding of the process of language acquisition and learning with specific reference to English. • develop the ability to observe. you will find the assignments and assessment criteria as well as instructions on the preparation and submission of the assignments. You have probably completed our first level module. grammar. Yours sincerely EED201J Teaching Team 2 2. Please study the following section of the tutorial letter carefully. We have also included certain general and administrative information about this module. 4 . interpret and analyse samples of English language usage. In this module you will be exposed to an introduction to the study of the structure of the English language. record. relate your understanding of these concepts to your knowledge of the English language. with accuracy and attention to detail. and aspects of meaning. Practical Skills. This tutorial letter also provides all the information you need with regard to the prescribed study material and other resources and how to obtain it. 2. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you are getting on.2 Outcomes The outcomes that we would like you to achieve in this module are the following: Content Knowledge. where you are expected to: • • • demonstrate your understanding of some of the theoretical concepts involved in language study. Please study this information carefully and make sure that you obtain the prescribed material as soon as possible. the study of first and second language acquisition and also to English language learning in educational contexts.

ac.za +27 12 429 6440 Dr Blandina Makina Theo van Wijk 6-24 makinb@unisa.za +27 12 429 6503 Ms Nomsa Zindela Theo van Wijk 6-03 zindenc@unisa.ac.za +27 12 429 6145 Dr Felicity Horne Theo van Wijk 6-24 hornefj@unisa. and paying attention to detail. where you will have to: • • • • • reflect on the multilingual nature of South African society.EED201J/101 Values and Attitudes. demonstrate flexibility in your approach to the use of traditional methods of grammatical analysis.za +27 12 429 2915 5 .za +27 12 429 6208 Ms Princess Bembe Theo van Wijk 6-16 bembemp@unisa. using a methodical approach.ac.ac.ac. show that you value the importance of formal considerations in the study and use of language. 3 3. precision.  demonstrate tolerance of variation in English usage within this multilingual society. show that you recognise the importance of describing language with care.1 LECTURER(S) AND CONTACT DETAILS Lecturers The lecturers responsible for this module are as follows: Lecturer’s name: Building and office number: E-mail address: Telephone number: Lecturer’s name: Building and office number: E-mail address: Telephone number: Lecturer’s name: Building and office number: E-mail address: Telephone number: Lecturer’s name: Building and office number: E-mail address: Telephone number: Lecturer’s name: Building and office number: E-mail address: Telephone number: Ms Vivienne Hlatshwayo Theo van Wijk 5-05 hlatsv@unisa.

unisa.ac.za myUnisa: http://my.za for examination enquiries despatch@unisa.3.ac.3 University Website: www.ac.ac. Muckleneuk Campus Tel. cancellation requests and study fee balances.unisa.za Mobi: http://mobi.ac.za Once you are registered as a Unisa student.za. Please send individual enquiries to the different e-mail accounts to avoid delays in response and always include your student number in the subject line.za for student account enquiries gaudeamus@unisa. (012) 429 6714 (Office of the Chair of the Department) Tel.za for study material enquiries finan@unisa.za for assistance with myLife e-mail accounts SMS numbers: The SMS numbers are only for students residing in South Africa. E-mail addresses: assign@unisa. International students are urged to make use of the e-mail address info@unisa.za for assignment enquiries exams@unisa.ac.ac. 3.unisa.ac. you can download your study material and submit your assignments online.ac.ac.za for assistance with myUnisa myLifeHelp@unisa.ac.za for graduation enquiries myUnisaHelp@unisa. You can also access certain information such as your academic record.2 Department Department of English Studies UNISA P O Box 392 UNISA 0003 The Department of English Studies. 43578 for applications and registrations 43584 for assignments 43584 for examinations 43579 for study material 31954 for student accounts 43582 for myUnisa and myLife 6 . Theo van Wijk Building 6-04. (012) 429 6263 (Administrative Officer for the module EED201J) Note that all study material is available and can be downloaded from myUnisa.

za > Login > Library > Library catalogue. EED201J.2 Recommended books There are no recommended books for this module. Please note: make sure you buy the 8th edition of this dictionary and not an earlier one.1 Discussion classes You will be informed by tutorial letter and/or myUnisa announcement if discussion classes are to be held. 7 .unisa. Please note: this textbook is only available at Unisa Press.ac. 8th edition: Oxford University Press.za/airpac 5 STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE MODULE Important information appears in your myStudies@Unisa brochure.ac. click on course code search and type in your course code. Click on the electronic reserves for the current year. Pretoria: John Povey Press (reprinted by Unisa Press 2009). Investigating English. 4.za.International Student’s Edition. 2010. Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary. Go to http://oasis.unisa. To order the book simply complete the order form at the back of this letter and fax it to Unisa Press. G. 5. 5. go to http://oasis.com Additional journal articles The preferred way of requesting journal articles is online via the library’s catalogue.ac. This can be done free of charge at http://www. A. The recommended articles are available in PDF (portable document format). The adobe reader should be loaded on your computer so that you can view or print scanned PDF documents.g. 2004. or for mobile access (AirPAC).za or via myUnisa. Ed.3 Electronic Reserves (e-Reserves) Recommended material can be downloaded from the library’s catalogue at http://oasis.EED201J/101 4 4.ac. (2) Heinemann. 4. e.unisa. go to http://my.adobe.unisa.S. Under search options.1 MODULE-RELATED RESOURCES Prescribed books Your prescribed textbooks for this module are: (1) Hornby.2 Videoconferencing and satellite broadcasts You will be informed if these take place.

One way to do this is to form study groups. The other 25% is based on the average of the marks you receive for Assignments 01 and 02. you will be admitted to the examination. The mark you receive in the examination counts 75% of your final mark. This module contains the same assignments for first and second semesters. 7 MODULE PRACTICAL WORK AND WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING There are no practicals for this module. 8 8. The addresses of students in your area may be obtained from the following department: Directorate: Student Admissions and Registration P O Box 392 UNISA 0003 6 MODULE-SPECIFIC STUDY PLAN Use your myStudies@Unisa brochure for general time management and planning skills. Your work schedule for this specific module is set out in the tables below.5. Remember that every section of the work is examinable.1 ASSESSMENT Assessment plan If you submit Assignment 01 by the due date. for the semester you are registered for (see 8. 8 .1 below).3 Contact with fellow students Study groups: It can be very helpful to have contact with fellow students. Both assignments are COMPULSORY. Assignment SEMESTER 1 Semester 1 Assignment 01 Semester 1 Assignment 02 SEMESTER 2 Semester 2 Assignment 01 Semester 2 Assignment 02 Due date 8 April 2013 19 April 2013 13 September 2013 27 September 2013 Status Compulsory admission. You will see from this system that assignment marks count directly towards your final mark. Compulsory. Compulsory for exam Compulsory for exam admission. fare best in the examination. It is our experience that those students who do the most work during the year. We urge you to attempt the activities/exercises in the Study Guide.2. Make sure you use the correct Unique Numbers.

g.2. that is you post it in the Unisa assignment boxes found in all Unisa centres or you post it at the post office. The second method of submitting your assignments is to via myUnisa. or from the Internet.EED201J/101 8. Follow instructions on myUnisa on how to submit your assignment online.3 8 April 2013: for the first semester 19 April 2013: for the first semester 13 September 2013: for the second semester 27 September 2013: for the second semester 775769 724059 849050 730702 Submission of assignments Please note that you cannot submit an assignment directly to the lecturer concerned. articles. It is not intended to be a piece of work which merely reproduces details. If you do this. you commit plagiarism. The first one is to submit your assignment through the post. Plagiarism An assignment is designed to be a product of your own study and your own thought. from books or articles.2. books. Please note that we cannot grant extensions on assignments. 9 . but you are expected to prepare and submit your own assignments. 8. We do encourage you to work together and form study groups. The assignment will be sent to the Assignments Section where it will be received and allocated a batch number.1 Unique assignment numbers Semester 1: Assignment 01 Semester 1: Assignment 02 Semester 2: Assignment 01 Semester 2: Assignment 02 8. In other words. sometimes interspersing relevant short quotations that are properly referenced. The university follows a specific system. If you cannot submit your assignment on time. you must submit your own ideas in your own words. Plagiarism is the act of copying word for word with or without acknowledgment from study sources (e.2 General assignment numbers Assignments are numbered consecutively per module. starting from 01. information or ideas from a study guide. There are two ways in which Unisa students can submit their assignments. the Internet).2 Due dates for assignments The closing dates for the submission of the assignments are: Assignment 01: Assignment 02: Assignment 01: Assignment 02: 8. it would be advisable for you to transfer your registration to the next semester. Note that you also commit plagiarism if you copy the assignment of another student.

List four properties of language unique to human communication. Questions 1 to 5 are based on Chapter 1 of the prescribed textbook. Number the questions properly and clearly. Furthermore. we are not able to work out who copied from whom. 3. you may be penalised or subjected to disciplinary proceedings by the University. expression and presentation can affect the way your work is perceived by the marker. Shakespeare advised. 2. Remember poor grammar. 775769 (COMPULSORY) SEMESTER 2: ASS. make sure the grammar. If you commit plagiarism you will be penalised and given no marks for your assignment. Investigating English. A Signed Declaration Every assignment we receive must include the declaration form attached at the end of this Tutorial Letter: 8.When we receive two or more identical assignments. Where you have written longer answers. Which of the following options is not of English origin? write cultural arbitrariness inter alia (1) 10 a) b) c) d) . (4) Which form of communication is regarded as the primary focus in the study of language? (1) “Neither a borrower nor a lender be”. We will therefore penalise both students. 1. Several questions make up this assignment. Use the official answer paper supplied with your study material to answer these questions. expression and general use of the English language is conventional and correct. 01: DUE DATE: 8 APRIL 2013: UNIQUE NO. but over the course of its history. 01: DUE DATE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2013: UNIQUE NO.4 Assignments ASSIGNMENT 01 FOR SEMESTERS 1 AND 2 SEMESTER 1: ASS. Plagiarism is also an offence in terms of the law. the English language has paid no heed to such advice. 849050 (COMPULSORY) This is a written assignment. This will affect your year mark.

a) b) c) d) 5. a) b) c) d) What is the difference between consonants and vowels? (2) Which of the following sounds (in bold) is a voiced alveolar stop in English? Shock Duck School deepen _____________________________________________________________ (1) 8. Give two examples of pairs of such words. a) b) c) d) Which of the following words ends with a voiced consonant? President Priced Shoot Chance _____________________________________________________________ (1) 9. Which linguist is associated with the theory of the linguistic sign as a two-sided entity? Sapir Whorf Ferdinand de Saussure Naom Chomsky Stephen Krashen (1) In which branch of language study is there a relationship between the symbols used and the sounds of the language? ____________ (1) Questions 6 to 14 are based on Chapters 2.EED201J/101 4. 3 and 4 of the prescribed book. What is the term for two words (lexemes) that have the same meaning? _____________________________________________________________ (2) 11 . 7. 6. Minimal pairs are pairs of words from a language with the same form in all respects except for one sound in each. _______________________________________________________________ (2) 10.

suggest a word or phrase that could be confused with it if the word boundaries were to be arranged differently. 16. 12 . 14. the word take is used as a member of different word classes. what is your take on this matter? 20. which is why they landed in trouble. (3) 19. _____________________________________________________________ (3) For each of the words or phrases in questions 12 to 13. (2) 12. There are different types of grammar. They take things for granted. Identify the word class to which it belongs in each case. Explain the meaning of the word ‘homophone’ and give one example. 17. descriptive grammar being one of them. explain the meaning of one of the types of grammar named in Question 16.11. How many syllables make up the word ‘interest’? (1) Questions 16 to 21 are based on Chapter 5 of the prescribed book. (3) In your own words. 18. An ice bucket/ __________ Why choose/ ___________ Name the word-formation process used in the word in bold in the following sentence: ASA (Academic Staff Association) has not succeeded in its fight to get the 11% increment for all employees. 13. a) b) c) d) abbreviation blending acronym compounding (1) 15. List the other three types of grammar. (3) What is the difference between form and function in a sentence? _____________________________________________________________ (4) In each of the sentences below (questions 19-20). Mr President.

Identify the lexical relations between the pairs of words in the questions below. with two different meanings. 24. Write down the two different meanings. (4) Questions 24 to 25 are based on Chapter 8 and 9 of the prescribed book. can = I can jump higher than this. can = They can fruit for commercial purposes. 22. Children acquiring English as a first language have tendency to use the regular rules for irregular verbs/words. 23. Which of these theories suggests that all human beings are born with the capacity for language development? (2) MARKS: 50x2= 100 13 . (4) The written form ‘bow’ can be pronounced in two different ways. (2) 21. For instance they will use the past tense morpheme –ed like this: ‘putted’ instead of ‘put’ ’ for the past tense form. Base your answer on the information given in the dictionary. Which term is used to describe this tendency? (2) 25. Several theories have put forward to explain the acquisition of language by babies and young children. Explain the difference between synonyms and antonyms.EED201J/101 Questions 21 and 23 deal with lexical relations.

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................................................................................ ..................................... I declare that this assignment is my own work and that all sources quoted have been acknowledged by appropriate references........................................................... Signature: ..............: ............................................................... ......................................................................................................................................EED201J/101 PLAGIARISM DECLARATION FORM Name: ... 15 ................................... Date: ................................................................................................................................................................................................ Module code: Assignment no................................... Student No......................................

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very. How can claims of these two theories be applied to the stages of language development of a child? (25) Question 2: A system of signs for human communication Transactional communication and interactional communication are different forms of communication. father. In one page. expression and presentation can affect the way your writing is perceived by the marker. one. select the words that fit the description that follow. critically discuss these forms and provide relevant examples. Several questions make up this assignment. 730702 (COMPULSORY) This is a written assignment. moon. expression and general use of the English language is conventional and correct. (20) Question 3: Phonetics & phonology From the list below. Love. pigeon deafen. Remember poor grammar. Refer to your dictionary if you are not sure of the pronunciation. discuss the 'imitation' and 'cognition' theories of first language acquisition. thatcher. reason. chasm. rich. push. fusion. 02: DUE DATE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2013: UNIQUE NO. make sure the grammar. Use the official answer paper supplied with your study material to answer these questions. pressure. Remember to listen to the sound of the word. heaven. rewind. gin. Question 1: First language acquisition In one to two pages. Number them properly and clearly. potter (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) Voiceless velar stop at the end of the word Voiced dental fricative in the middle of the word Voiced alveopalatal affricate at the beginning of the word Voiceless alveolar stop in the middle of the word Voiced bilabial glide at the beginning of the word (10) 17 . 02: DUE DATE: 19 APRIL 2013: UNIQUE NO. Where you have written an essay. shark.EED201J/101 ASSIGNMENT 02 FOR SEMESTERS 1 AND 2: SEMESTER 1: ASS. 724059 (COMPULSORY) SEMESTER 2: ASS. tick. and do not be influenced by the spelling.

(10) Question 6: Learning English In one page. In each case. (25) Total Marks: 100 18 . describe the relationship between reference and sense. Quote at least two sources on this method. identify the free and the bound morphemes. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) dreadful: oranges: unhappy: partly: insensitive: dread + ful orange + s un + happy part + ly in + sensitive (10) Question 5: Meaning In one paragraph. give a detailed discussion in which you show the strengths and weaknesses of the communicative approach.Question 4: Words and word formation The words in the list below have been divided into their constituent morphemes (the morphemes of which they are composed).

...................................................................: ............................................................. ............................... I declare that this assignment is my own work and that all sources quoted have been acknowledged by appropriate references.............................................................................................................................................................................. Student No.................................................... 19 ................................................................................................................................................... Module code: Assignment no.... Date: ........................................................................ Signature: ............. ............................................EED201J/101 PLAGIARISM DECLARATION FORM Name: .........................

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OTHER ASSESSMENT METHODS 10 10. and set out clearly the nature of the materials you have to study for examination purposes. your semester mark will not be considered. and you will fail the examination. 10. In order to qualify to write the SUPPLEMENTARY examination you need a subminimum of 40% in the final examination. you have to submit Assignment 01.6 Tutorial letter with information on the examination To help you in your preparation for the examination. Visit your course site to access these papers.3 Examination period EED201J is a semester module in 2013. give you examples of questions you may expect. This means that the examinations will be written during the May/June and the October/November examination periods of 2013.4 Examination duration The exam paper for this module is a normal two-hour paper. you will receive a tutorial letter that will explain the format of the examination paper. 10. You will see from this system that assignments marks count directly towards your final mark.2 How will this work in practice? NB: A subminimum of 40% is required in the examination. Semester marks are not taken into consideration in supplementary examination results. 10. 21 .5 Previous examination papers Previous examination papers are available on myUnisa. The other 25% is made up of the average mark you obtain for both Assignment 01 and 02. 10.EED201J/101 9 None. The mark you receive in the examination counts 75% of your final mark. If you obtain a mark below this.1 EXAMINATION EXAMINATION ADMISSION To be admitted to the examination for this module. 10.

22 . 12 CONCLUSION Remember to increase the level of your awareness of language use. 13 ADDENDUM Order form for the book Investigating English. and allow your interests to develop as you continue with the module. Where is it sold? Answer: Unisa Press situated on the Sales Section. 2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS The prescribed textbook is not available in any book shop.11 1. Sunnyside Campus in Pretoria. How do I purchase the prescribed book since it is only available at Unisa which is too far from my place of residence? Answer: complete the order form provided below and fax it through to the fax number provided. Good luck.

ac. Account No: 096R. Sunnyside. is attached My Unisa study fees account has been paid in full AND has a credit available that will cover the cost of this order. Branch Code: 010645. UK£11. NFSAS students Signed ______________________________________ Date ____________________________ 23 . Postal order for R ______________.00 (all these prices INCLUDE AIRMAIL) STUDENT NO: Name: Address: TEL NO: Postal code PAYMENT OPTIONS: Choose between the following 5 options (indicate with an “x”) 1(a) Direct Payment for South African students: Banking details as follows: Standard Bank. Unisa Press. 0003 FAX NO: (012) 429-3449 /REFERENCE TEL NOS: (012) 429-3515 / (012) 429-2976 / (012) 429-3448/ (012) 429-3368 / (012) 429-2953 NB: Please note that the University no longer banks with ABSA bank.00 . UNISA. AND PRICE MAY INCREASE) Please send me the following Unisa publication: SA price: R82.00 Overseas prices: Other countries in Africa: R 101. The new bank is Standard bank. space and the allocation No 5400380438 on the deposit slip and fax deposit slip to (012) 429-3449.EED201J/101 ORDER FORM TO: The Business Section.00. see bank account details below PRICE: (PUBLICATION IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.00 INVESTIGATING ENGLISH (ITEM NO 8038 ) (VAT AND POSTAGE INCLUDED) US$17.za). PO Box 392. This is an example of the Reference on the Bank deposit slip: 3 1(b) 2 3 6 0 5 8 4 3 5 4 0 0 3 8 0 4 3 8 4 Direct Payment for Foreign students: Please contact Unisa Press at 012 429 3448 / 2976 e-mail: Thearl@unisa. For reference on the Bank deposit slip. please print your student No. €14. Name of Account: UNISA Student deposits. Type of Account: Deposit. made payable to Unisa. I therefore authorise Unisa Press to debit my study fees account with the amount owing (not applicable for NFSAS students).