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Postgraduate Course: Text, Discourse and Language Teaching (EDUA11233)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionCorpus Linguistics techniques for analysing electronic databases of authentic language (concordances, key words, frequency lists, annotation) and how they can be used to analyse data taking into account contextual features such as domain, social dimensions of speakers and writers, and overall purpose. Corpus Linguistics will be combined with Speech Act Theory, Cooperative Principle, Politeness Principle, Conversation Analysis and Exchange Structure, recent research developments in intercultural studies, which is why the theme of Corpus Linguistics will run throughout the course Intercultural dimensions and globalisation - The theme of intercultural dimensions and globalisation will also run throughout the course, in order to encourage students to analyse the approaches critically and consider applications to contexts worldwide. Speech Act Theory - the origins of the theory (direct and indirect Speech Acts, felicity conditions), limitations of the theory (practicability of applying the theory, mono-cultural implications) applying such approaches practicability of applying such approaches, recent research developments in intercultural studies, and the overlap between Speech Act Theory and Cooperative Principle. Cooperative Principle the theoretical background of interpersonal communication (cooperative maxims, conversational implicature, violating maxims), limitations of the theory, recent research developments in intercultural studies, and the overlap between Speech Act Theory and Cooperative Principle Politeness Principle, politeness theories (saving face, positive and negative politeness, impoliteness, politeness maxims), limitations of the theory, recent research developments in intercultural studies, and the contradiction between the Politeness Principle and Cooperative Principle in interpersonal interaction. Conversation Analysis the features of Conversation Analysis theory (turn-taking, adjacency pairs, pre-sequences, insertion sequences).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 200, Revision Session Hours 2, Other Study Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Summary of intended learning outcomes. By the end of the module, students will have demonstrated the ability to:
apply a variety of approaches and techniques of language analysis to samples of written and spoken language;
2. critically compare the merits of different approaches and techniques, with particular focus on culture and intercultural communication;
3. identify the usefulness and practicability of applying such approaches and techniques to gather and analyse data;
4. evaluate the role of language analysis in producing or evaluating materials for language teaching;
5. evaluate current research issues in language analysis and language teaching methodology.
Assessment Information
Folio of coursework
Assessment of this course:
This is worth 30% of the course mark, and the total number of words is 1,500. Participants will put together a folio of texts, analysis and discussion developed in the workshops.

This is worth 70% of the course mark, and the total number of words is 2500. The assignment addresses the issues in greater depth, supporting the discussion by reference to the reading, taking a critical position vis-`-vis approaches, theories, methodological debates, as well as evaluating relevant current research issues.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus This course explores discourse by focusing on a number of approaches and applies the findings to the language classroom:
Week 1 and 2: Foundation Lectures
Week 3: Cooperative Principle
Week 4: Politeness Principle
Week 5: Speech Act Theory
Week 6: Conversation Analysis
Week 7: Exchange Structure
Week 8: Corpus Linguistics
Week 9: Critical Discourse Analysis
Week 10: Genre, Register and Style
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Sample Recommended Reading:
Carter, R. and McCarthy, M. 1997. Exploring Spoken English. Cambridge: CUP.

Cutting, J. (Ed). 2007. Vague Language Explored. Palgrave Macmillan.

Eggins, S. and Slade, D. 1997. Analysing Casual Conversation. London: Cassell.

Hunston, S. 2002. Corpora in Applied Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP.

O'Keeffe, A., McCarthy, M., Carter, R. 2007. From Corpus to Classroom. Cambridge: CUP

Paltridge, B. 2001. Genre and the Language Learning Classroom. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Swales, J. 1990. Genre Analysis. Cambridge: CUP
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsText Discourse Language Teaching
Course organiserDr Brona Murphy
Tel: (0131 6)51 6408
Course secretaryMrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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