EKIP504 The Story of English (2 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Lectures, background reading and exercises on key aspects of the history of English.

Completion methods

Lectures, readings, group discussions. Exam and/or small assignments.
Optionally self-study based on course materials.

Open University: contact teaching, web-based tasks, learning assignments, an exam or a combination of these (methods of study will be specified in the annual teaching programme before the start of each academic year).

Assessment details

- quality of written coursework output (exam and/or small assignments)
- ability to critically reflect on and apply the content provided in the course

Open University: Active participation (100% attendance usually required). Learning assignments or an exam.

Learning outcomes

The course introduces students to the use and users of the English language, and to its development from a regionally spoken language to a world language. After completing the course students will be able to
- describe the changes that have occurred in English through centuries (in its pronunciation, orthography, grammar, and vocabulary), from the Old English period to the present day
- describe the regional and social variation in Present-day English
- explain the developments of the English language from the viewpoint of both language history and sociolinguistics
- understand the political, economic, technological, and cultural reasons for the spread of English.

Description of prerequisites

EKIP203 / EKIP2001 Introduction to Language Study

Study materials

Reading materials in Moodle/Optima/Koppa. Online resources and e-books at the library.


  • (JyU only; not applicable to Open U) <br />Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech, David Crystal (2016) English - One Tongue, Many Voices. Second edition. <br />eBook ISBN 978-1-137-16007-2<br />Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-55021-7<br />Softcover ISBN 978-1-137-55022-4; ISBN: 978-1-137-55022-4

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
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