15 credits at level HE4
You will be introduced to the structure of language and the different ways in which it can be described and analysed. This will form the basis for investigating language in its social context, focusing on language varieties and language change. You will engage in thinking about the implications for literacy learners in terms of their language and literacy development, and of their aspirations and life goals.
The description and analysis of language, covering semantic, morphological, grammatical and phonological features at text, sentence and word level
Language varieties: how spoken and written language is affected by social, cultural and linguistic factors
Language change: the ways in which language changes and how this influences language and literacy use
Personal, social and cultural factors that may influence language and literacy development
Access and research ethics
LLUK values and commitments included in this module:
AS1, AS3, CS1, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, CS7, CS8, CS9, CS10, CS11, CS13, CS22, CS23
LLUK standards included in this module:
AK1.1, AP1.1, AK3.1, AP3.1, CK1.1, CK1.2, CP1.1, CP1.2, CK2.1, CP2.1, CP3.1, CK3.1
LLUK English application document elements included in this module:
A1, A3, C1, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, C10, C11, C13, C22, C23
The module will be delivered using a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, group/individual tutorials, presentations, and practical activities. Learning and teaching will be achieved through a blended learning approach (combination of face-to-face and electronic based resources and communications).
Individual support will be given in tutorials.
Assessment will comprise a report of 3000 words. The report will be based on a case study of an individual literacy learner with whom you are working.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of language variety
1.1 Analyse Standard English and other varieties of English in both spoken and written forms with reference to specific features such as phonology, grammar and lexis
1.2 Discuss the ways in which language and literacy use can vary according to context
1.3. Use key grammatical, lexical and phonological terms appropriately
|2.||2. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the factors which influence literacy and language learning and development
2.1 Analyse the personal, social and cultural factors influencing literacy learnersí development of spoken and written language
2.2 Discuss the impact of a range of difficulties and disabilities on language and literacy teaching and learning
|3.||3. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of language change
3.1 Discuss reasons for language change in both spoken and written English
3.2 Identify and analyse changes in the use of spoken language at discourse, sentence and word level
3.3 Identify and analyse changes in the use of written language at text, sentence and word level
3.4 Use key grammatical, lexical and phonological terms appropriately in describing language change
|4.||4. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the relationship between language and social processes
4.1 Analyse how language is used in the formation, maintenance and transformation of social, cultural, political and religious identities and relationships
4.2 Analyse how language is used at text/discourse, sentence/phrase and word level in the formation, maintenance and transformation of power relations
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Report, part 1||Report, part 2|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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