EKIP504 The Story of English

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Lectures on 14 November

Dear all,

As you're aware, the University of Jyväskylä has updated its teaching policy, and as a result all our lectures will be ONLINE ONLY at least until the end of the year. Thus, from now on you don't need to let me know if you're following the classes from home. However, if you can't attend some of the lectures, send me an email and I'll let you know how to compensate your absence.

We're also switching from Meet to Zoom, as the latter allows more sophisticated teaching tools. You, as participants, don't need to do anything else but turn up before 9 am on Saturday. The meeting link is:


Meeting ID: 882 9040 1194

We're continuing to use Google Docs for the sharing of exercises, and the Course materials folder for all other files. I'll post all pertinent materials by Friday evening.

If you're having technical problems, please get in touch with Katja Lähteenmäki (her number is 0451219187).

See you on Saturday!

Lecture on 24 October

Dear all,

I hope you're all doing well despite the continuing uncertainty of the current situation.

Below you'll find information about our next session; if you have any questions or problems, do get in touch.

Students working from home:

- Most of you have already informed me of their intention to study from home. If you're not coming to class, and haven't yet let me know, please do so asap. (As this helps me in f.ex. the preparation of materials.)
- Our working methods will be similar to last time: you'll find all the materials, instructions and links in the Course materials folder here (by Friday evening the latest).
- I've again divided you into 3 groups, each with their own Google Doc and Meet for private discussions.
- As always, if you want to create your own Meet (or use any other means of communication), you're free to do so. Do, however, use the Doc provided to hand in your answers (as this is the easiest way for me to access and comment on your work).
- The general Meet link will be the same as last time: https://meet.google.com/viv-qgek-aye
You'll again need to wait to be admitted to the room (as well as the private Meets); please do also mute your mike as you're admitted.

Students coming to class:

- Anyone wishing to take part in person is more than welcome to do so. Do bear in mind the university recommendations for hygiene and the wearing of masks:

See you on Saturday!

Meet link and general info for our first session

Dear all,

Below you'll find info on tomorrow's session.

If you're going to be taking part via Meet:

Link: https://meet.google.com/viv-qgek-aye

- We'll be using the same Meet room for both sessions.
- The sessions will proceed as usual: there will be a bit of lecturing, and some exercises which you can complete in smaller groups. I'll put all the instructions and materials in the Course Materials folder. If you want to use f.ex. Whatsapp for communication, feel free to do so - just make sure that everyone in your group has access to it.
- As we'll be using Google's platforms, having a Google account is advisable. Both Meet and Docs should be available for outside users as well, but having your G-account will make things (and troubleshooting) smoother.
- Do note that even though you have a direct link, you have to be let into the Meet room by an admin - so please wait patiently to be admitted! (This also goes for the private rooms which will be open during tomorrow's sessions).
- Also, Meet is a lightweight platform (f.ex. compared to Adobe), and is generally reliable. I've noticed that the slide-sharing might sometimes glitch - so if at all possible, download the lecture slides beforehand so that you can follow them from your own screen if something happens.
- When I'm sharing from my own screen, I won't be able to keep an eye on the Meet chat. This means that I'll answer any questions with a bit of a lag. As always, the surest way to get in touch with me is by email.
- In case you need to get in touch with me urgently, my phone number is 044 3005123.

If you're coming to the classroom:

- The University hasn't yet updated its policy on f.ex. the wearing of masks, but the city of Jyväskylä recommends the use of face coverings in classroom situations.
- As we've got a big space, it's possible to keep safe distances at all times.
- Only come to class if you're free of all flu-like symptoms.

Info for the lecture on 26 September

(This info will be updated closer to our first study session.)

  • The following information is mainly for the benefit those studying from home.
  • The lecture will be held on Google Meet. I will post the link to the "room" before the session. You don't need to sign in or do anything else than to follow the link.
  • It's advisable to have good loudspeakers/headphones and a working microphone. You'll have a chance to discuss f.ex. exercises in a smaller Meet group.
  • If you don't already have a Google account, please set one up as soon as possible. We will use Google Docs as a way of sharing and editing files, and you'll need an account mainly for this reason.
  • All course materials, including lecture slides, will be available here on Pedanet as per usual.
  • If you have any doubts or questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.


EKIP504 The Story of English, 2 op


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

Aims of study: 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.

Methods of study: 

  •  Lectures, readings and exercises
  •  A short research essy

Teacher: Anne Karppinen

Dates and times:

26 Sep: 9.00 - 12.00
24 Oct: 13.00 - 16.00
14 Nov: 9.00 - 16.00

Note that you can participate on some or all of the lectures from home. See the notice board for the latest information.
Recommended reading: Svartvik, Jan & Leech, Geoffrey: English - One Tongue, Many Voices. Palgrave MacMillan 2016 (2. painos). Luvut 2-6, 9.


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