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English Linguistics - EDU00010M

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Joe Fagan
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This is a core module on the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

To provide essentials in the study of the structure of English (e.g., phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics)
To provide students with the opportunity to understand the organizing principles that unite the various levels of linguistic analysis
To relate the above to language use in a socio-cultural context
To provide an overview of how the above theories are linked to the processes involved in teaching English as a second/foreign language

Module learning outcomes

Subject content:

  • analyze the structure of English at various levels of description (phonological, morphological and lexical, syntactic, and semantic)
  • apply the knowledge of English linguistics to describe and analyze L2 learner performance data
  • demonstrate a clear understanding and awareness of the structure of the English language and its relationship to the teaching and learning of English in social contexts

Academic and graduate skills

  • formulate arguments and contribute to discussion
  • participate in group work, presentations, peer-teaching activities, tutorials, and problem solving activities
  • demonstrate effective planning and time management
  • word-process, manage files, use e-mail, VLE and the Web


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
English Linguistics
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The summative assessment for this module is a 2 hour closed examination.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
English Linguistics
2 hours 100

Module feedback

You will receive feedback in a range of ways throughout this module. This will include oral feedback in class and written comments on performance in mock exams. You will be provided physical written feedback on exam report sheets and you will be invited to a group meeting to discuss and review exam feedback. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information.

Indicative reading

Yule, G. (2010). The study of language (4th ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

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