Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 418 Modern English Practice Undergraduate 4 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 1 + 2 129 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assistant Professor Amna Brdarević-Čeljo Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Modern English Practice aims to undertake a systematic survey of the structure of Contemporary English and provide a general overview of all the aspects of Contemporary English Grammar through broad text analysis. It covers grammatical categories of verbs, providing an in-depth analysis of all the tenses, active and passive voice, subjunctive mood and real, hypothetical and counterfactual conditional clauses, as well as the subject-verb agreement. Apart from verbs, all the other syntactic categories are analyzed, such as nouns (different kinds of nouns, grammatical categories of nouns: number, gender and case), determiners, adjectives and the comparison of adjectives, pronouns and different kinds of pronouns. Thus, it strives to prepare students for grammar and reading tasks of all the standardized tests in English-language assessment. Course meetings will be lectures, supplemented by tutorials. Lectures, as well as tutorials, are conducted in English. Thus, students must have an excellent command of spoken and written English. Asking questions is highly encouraged, even during lecture delivery and student presentations. • Lectures cover various areas of English grammar, • In tutorials, students put the acquired knowledge into practice and are being prepared for TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE and other standardized tests in English-language assessment.

Upon completion of this course, students:
• should have gained an advanced knowledge of all areas of English grammar.
• should have improved their reading skills to an advanced level;
• should have acquired sufficient advanced-level vocabulary to comprehend the texts and thus be able to use this vocabulary in writing and speaking assignments.

  1. Course and syllabus introduction Diagnostic test
  2. Syntactic categories: lexical and functional; Phrase types; Verbs Types of verbs and grammatical categories/properties of verbs (TENSE, ASPECT, VOICE, MOOD and AGREEMENT)
  3. Modal verbs
  4. Grammatical category: TENSE All English Tenses with a special focus on problematic tenses
  5. Sequence of tenses and reported speech
  6. Grammatical category: VOICE Active and Passive Voice
  7. Grammatical category: MOOD The Subjunctive Mood: Present, Past and Past Perfect Conditional clauses: real, hypothetical and counterfactual;
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Grammatical category: AGREEMENT Subject-auxiliary inversion – problematic cases
  10. Verb Complementation 1 and 2
  11. Nouns Grammatical categories: GENDER, CASE and NUMBER; Noun clauses
  12. Determiners and pronouns
  13. Adjectives and relative clauses, Adverbs and prepositions
  14. Conjunctions and adverbial subordinate clauses
  15. Emphasis: preposing (topicalization and left dislocation), cleft and pseudo-cleft constructions, existential constructions, negative inversion etc.


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Discussions and group work
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)135
    Final Exam140
    +Participation in in-class activities110
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • • Side, R. and Wellman, G. (2000). Grammar and Vocabulary for Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency. Longman Pearson Education Limited. (Referred to as GWCAP)
      • • Walton, R. (2000) Focus on Advanced English C.A.E. Grammar Practice. Longman Pearson Education Limited. (Referred to as FAE)

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
      Midterm Examination (1 week)122
      Final Examination(1 week)122
      Preparation for Midterm Examination21530
      Preparation for Final Examination22040
      Assignment / Homework/ Project11010
      Seminar / Presentation 0
      Total Workload: 129
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5