ENG20230 Reading Old English I

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course aims to introduce students to the basics of Old English. The course begins with an introduction to pronunciation and to necessary grammatical concepts. It progresses by combining reading and translation of short texts with a continuing study of grammar. Students will apply their knowledge to a translation of some short literary texts in Old English. The module will also include a short introduction to Anglo-Saxon culture.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course students will :1. have gained a knowledge of key grammatical terminology. 2. have gained a knowledge of the basics of Old English grammar. 3. have an ability to translate, with the aid of a glossary, an unseen Old English text 4. have read some Old English prose and poetry. 5. have a sense of Anglo-Saxon culture.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Interactive classroom-based learning. Old English will be treated as learning a foreign-language, and we will do a variety of activities in order to facilitate such language learning. Along the way, we will learn how to use grammatical terms effectively to describe Modern English. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ENG10030 - Literary Genre, ENG10220 - Literature and Crisis, ENG10230 - Reading World Literature

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: This will be a take-home midterm assignment given to you over the Reading Week. It will gauge how you are progressing and to allow you to see the structure of the Final Exam. Week 6 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Weekly set homework. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Two-hour translation and grammar examination Coursework (End of Trimester) No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be expected to complete daily homework and translation assignments. These are reviewed/assessed in class meetings. Explicit feedback on translations will be given at least once a semester. The Final exam will comprise one previously-seen translation and unseen translation, so that we are able to assess whether you can read Old English. Please note, class attendance is crucial to receiving a good mark in this module, as most feedback occurs during class sessions.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Rebecca Stephenson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer