This module is suitable for students with advanced language skills. It requires students to engage in a critical analysis of a variety of spoken and written texts.
Module will run
Spring Term 2018-19
To help students develop a critical awareness how language works and develop their ability to analyse and evaluate spoken and written discourses in a variety of contexts
To explore the lexical, grammatical and organisational properties of discourse, how a stretch of discourse is constructed and decoded, and how it varies
To explore issues of communication, culture, and language teaching
Module learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete the module will develop an understanding of:
the concept of discourse and discourse properties
how cultural, situational and textual contexts influence discourse construction and decoding
cohesion and coherence
different modes and types of discourse
how language is used by teachers and pupils in the classroom
discourse-based approaches to language teaching
discourse analysis as a tool for research.
Academic and graduate skills
Formulate arguments and contribute to discussion
Develop academic writing skills
Participate in individual and group work, presentations, and peer-teaching activities
Demonstrate effective planning and time management
Word-process, manage files, use-email, VLE and the Web
Undertake empirical and literature research
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
You will receive feedback in a range of ways throughout this module. This will include oral feedback in class, responses to posts on the VLE discussion board and written comments on work. You will have the chance to obtain feedback on your writing during the module, and you will have a short one-to-one meeting with a module tutor to discuss assessments.
Individual written feedback reports, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information
Celce-Murcia, M & Olshtain, E. (2000). Discourse and context in language teaching: A guide for teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Coulthard, M. (1994). Advances in written text analysis. London: Routledge.
Coulthard, M (1992). Advances in spoken discourse analysis. London: Routledge
Cazden, C. & Beck. S. (2003). Classroom discourse. In A. Graesser, M. Gernsbacher, & S. Goldman, (Eds.), Handbook of discourse processes (pp. 165-197). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Lazaraton, A. (2002). Qualitative and qualitative approaches to discourse analysis. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 22, 32-51.