Preliminary Examination in English and Modern Languages

A

  • 1. Candidates in this Preliminary Examination shall be examined in English and one Modern Language. The modern languages that may be offered shall be those which may be offered in the Honour School of Modern Languages.

  • 2. The subjects of the examination, the syllabus, and the number of papers shall be as prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Boards of the Faculties of English Language and Literature and Medieval and Modern Languages.

  • 3. It shall be the duty (a) of the Chair of the Examiners for the Preliminary Examination in English Language and Literature to designate such of their number as may be required for English in the Preliminary Examination in English and Modern Languages, and when this has been done the number of examiners in English shall be deemed to be complete; and (b) of the Chair of the Examiners for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages to designate such of their number as may be required for Modern Languages in the Preliminary Examination in English and Modern Languages, and when this has been done, the number of examiners in Modern Languages shall be deemed to be complete.

B

The Boards of the Faculties of English Language and Literature and of Medieval and Modern Languages shall appoint a joint standing committee to make, and to submit to the two faculty boards, proposals for regulations for this examination.

A candidate shall be deemed to have passed the examination if he or she shall have satisfied the Examiners in Part 1 (a Modern Language) and Part 2 (English).

The examiners may award distinctions in Part 1 or in Part 2 or in both to candidates who have done work of special merit in the part or parts concerned. A candidate receiving distinction in both parts of their examination may receive an overall distinction.

A candidate who has failed a subject or both the subjects in Part 1 will be allowed to resit the subject or subjects in which he or she has failed at a subsequent examination in accordance with the regulations for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages. A candidate who has failed one or both of the papers in Part 2 will be allowed to resit the paper or papers in accordance with the appropriate regulations for the First Public Examinations in English Language and Literature.

Part 1: A Modern Language

Each candidate shall offer the following two subjects in the modern language:

  • (1) Language papers (one paper of three hours and two papers each of one-and-a-half hours including [For students starting before MT 2018: in French ]certification of attendance and participation in oral classes, as specified for the Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages). As specified for papers I, IIA, and IIB in the regulations for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages.

  • (2) Literature papers (two papers, each of three hours). As specified for papers III and IV in the regulations for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages.

Part 2: English

Each candidate shall offer the following papers, as specified in the regulations for subjects 1 to 4 of the Preliminary Examination in English Language and Literature:

  • (1) Introduction to English Language and Literature [as specified for the Preliminary Examination in English Language and Literature, subject 1].

  • (2) Either (a) Literature in English 650 – 1350 [as specified for the Preliminary Examination in English Language and Literature, subject 2].

    or (b) Literature in English 1830 – 1910 [as specified for the Preliminary Examination in English Language and Literature, subject 3].

    or (c) Literature in English 1910 – present day [as specified for the Preliminary Examination in English Language and Literature, subject 4].