Language Studies - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Language investigation (50%) , Test - Language test (50%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit provides an introduction to the systems of language: phonetics and phonology; morphology; syntax; semantics; and orthography. You will discover different theoretical approaches to these language systems and their practical application in English language teaching.

This unit aims to allow you to develop an understanding of the systems of language, the ability to relate theoretical knowledge to practical teaching situations and an independent and critical approach to learning.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the sounds of human speech and the sound systems of English
  2. analyse and explain the structure of words and sentences
  3. apply principles of semantic analysis
  4. differentiate between the major writing systems of the world
  5. integrate a theoretical understanding of language systems and practical teaching activities.
  • Assignment — Language investigation (50%)
  • Test — Language test (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The sounds of the English language
2The sound systems of language
3Word formation
4Word classes
5Theoretical perspectives on syntax
6Practical approaches to syntax in English language teaching
7Forms of meaning
8Lexical semantics
9Writing systems around the world
10Language change

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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