This is the first part of a two-course module which lays the groundwork for all further coursework in English linguistics. It aims to introduce students to the nature of language and the major domains of linguistic inquiry as well as its basic concepts, principles and tools in the following areas: Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology and Lexical Semantics.

Students will
- excerpt the relevant knowledge from course-specific online material and/or literature on the basis of guiding questions,
- test their understanding by applying their newly acquired knowledge to exercise questions,
- clarify questions in class, and
- complete assignments in order to later be able to use these skills in the advanced linguistics courses in their BA and MA studies.