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Professional Writing and Discussions: Language and Humour in British Sitcoms


DozentIn: Andrew Jones, B.A., M.Phil.

Veranstaltungstyp: Seminar

Ort: 41/E11

Zeiten: Mo. 12:00 - 14:00 (wöchentlich)

Beschreibung: Professional Writing and Discussion classes are designed to allow students – under the guidance of their course instructors – to undertake a more active and independent development of their language skills by applying them to a specific topic area. Ultimately, the central aim of these courses, whatever topic area and skills focus you choose, is to facilitate your transition into a self-sufficient and proficient user of the English language. You will continue to train your productive and receptive language skills, you will further expand your lexico-grammatical knowledge in connection with the specialist language used in the course, and you will acquire supplementary cultural knowledge on English-speaking countries. You will be expected to attend class regularly and contribute actively and intelligently. Furthermore, you will need to complete oral and written tasks during the course of these classes, hold a graded session and submit a final written portfolio.

This particular course is for students who are interested in learning more about the British sense of humour while acquiring a feeling for accents, dialects and idiomatic language use in various parts of the UK. Ranging from classic comedies such as Fawlty Towers, One Foot in the Grave, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and Blackadder to more modern sitcoms such as The I.T. Crowd, Extras and The Inbetweeners, the course will also touch on comedy catchphrases, political correctness, youth language, and various socio-cultural phenomena of the UK at the times in which the sitcoms are set. Up to seven spots in the course can be allocated in advance to students who come to one of my office hour on July 1st, 8th or 15th and confirm both that they are prepared to commit to taking the course and that they have identified topics that they would like to investigate for their class session. All other registrations are provisional and will be allocated based on factors such as level of need and semester of study.


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