Basic English Grammar Skills for University


Admission requirements

General requirements for university studies.


credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%


Syllabus for students autumn 2021, spring 2021, autumn 2020, spring 2020, autumn 2019

Course Code:
AK201E revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Grundläggande engelska för universitetsstudier, grammatik
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
24 September 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
24 September 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
27 August 2018

Entry requirements

General requirements for university studies.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course credits can form part of a degree, but not as a part of English as a major subject.


The aim of the course is to develop students’ English grammar and communications skills in order to facilitate successful study at university level.


A combination of resources is available, including lectures, seminars, and self-study of course literature.

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, the student can:
1. identify and analyse the functions of:
• grammatical categories in English, such as parts of speech and sentence elements
• different sentence structures and clause combinations.
2. develop a critical approach with regards to grammatical proficiency in academic writing and develop the ability to formulate concise, correct, and well-structured English sentences.
3. apply knowledge of English grammar when writing by recognizing and correcting errors in grammar and punctuation in their own written production as well as in that of their peers;

Learning activities

1. Grammar Tuition: to build understanding of sentence structure and identify functions of different grammatical elements:
• Lectures, seminar discussions, self-study, and practice of relevant grammar readings.
2. Essay writing: to develop grammatical proficiency in and a critical approach to academic writing:
• Non-graded writing assignments will give the student diagnostic feedback on their progress through the course, with special consideration given to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and structure. Comments will focus on whether they have applied knowledge of these elements correctly when writing academic texts.
3. Applying knowledge of English grammar
• Students engage in peer review tasks, where oral and/or written feedback relating to errors of grammar and punctuation is encouraged.


The forms of examination in the course are:
Portfolio of Essays 1 & 2, 0,5 hp, (Pass/Fall)
Essay 3, 2 hp - (A-U)
Essay 4, 2 hp - (A-U)
Essay 5, 3 hp - (A-U)
Students who do not pass the regular course exams are offered two additional resit opportunities in connection to the course. After these first three opportunities, students’ right to further re-examination is limited to three additional opportunities. All resits follow the same form as the original exams.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Peck, J. and Coyle, M. (2012). The Student's Guide to Writing: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230373884.
Additional material may be introduced in the course, but no more than 150 pages.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The
University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

Language of instruction: EnglishOverview: Description

This course offers support if you need to improve your English for university studies. The aim is to develop your grammar skills in order to enable you to undertake future academic assignments successfully. The course can be taken separately or as part of a series to complete a 30 credit semester:

Basic English Reading and Vocabulary Skills for University, 7.5 credits
Basic English Grammar Skills for University, 7.5 credits
Basic English Writing and Presenting Skills for University, 15 credits.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the Centre of Academic Learning.

Further information

Anita Marttila, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657345


18 January 2021 - 28 March 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö Application code: mau-16129

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK

Open for late application


30 August 2021 - 07 November 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 March 2021.