Language for Education - EDU00018M

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Graham Low
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2016-17

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2016-17

Module aims

  • To introduce selected language concepts, theories and elements which are relevant to language teaching and learning, but which do not always figure in traditional language courses
  • To introduce the idea that language and discourse structures can be (a) motivated, meaningful or purposeful and (b) flexible or fuzzy, rather than fixed or black and white
  • To introduce ways in which language structure is used, with other concepts, to create meaningful discourse and interactions

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Be aware of language-related and social topics (like gender, power, creativity and language variation) that are important, but currently problematic, with respect to second language education.
  • Carry out a simple empirical analysis of the structure of aspects of spoken and written language.
  • To demonstrate an awareness of how the structure of English relates to the teaching and learning of English.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Engage critically with academic and language teaching publications
  • Formulate critical and balanced arguments orally and in writing
  • Participate in groupwork and problem-solving activities
  • Undertake and report appropriately short, empirical data collection and analysis work
  • Demonstrate effective planning and time management
  • Word-process, use a concordancer, manage files, use e-mail, VLE and the Web


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on assignment report sheet (within 6 weeks) and face to face feedback in supervisions

Indicative reading

Coates, J. (2004). Women, men and language (3rd ed.). London: Longman.
Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M. (1980/2003). Metaphors we live by. Chicago: Chicago University press.
Schmitt, N. (Ed.) (2010). An introduction to applied linguistics (2nd ed.). London: Arnold.
Yule, G. (1996). Pragmatics. Oxford introductions to language study. Oxford: OUP.

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