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Postgraduate Course: Issues in Applied Linguistics (LASC11028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course explores the key ongoing debates in current applied linguistics.
Course description This course examines some of the key ongoing debates in current applied linguistics, focussing on what languages are, what it is to know and learn a language, the 'native speaker', globalisation and the spread of English, the politics of language and identity, what 'cultures' are in relation to language, superdiversity and translanguaging.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2500-word research paper (100%)
Feedback One entire course session is devoted to methodology and feed-forward for the assessment. Following this, students submit an outline of their assessment project, on which they receive feedback from the instructor, and an additional session is arranged for students to give peer feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. know the key literature relating to language within the broad context of applied linguistics, education and society
  2. explain key concepts, methods and theories in contemporary work in these areas
  3. apply these concepts, methods and theories in original research on apposite issues, in a way that sheds critical light back upon the concepts, methods and theories themselves
  4. understand the connections among language choice, standard language and national identity
  5. analyse the current situation regarding the global spread of English and new media, and their impact on education and the study of other modern languages
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students are also expected to acquire or sharpen the following transferable skills:
- Engage in autonomous thinking and analysis.
- Critically appraise material they have studied.
- Develop their research skills, in terms both of access to existing information and conducting original observation.
- Improve their expository writing skills.
- Become familiar with modes of analysis from other areas of the humanities and social sciences that are widely used in present-day applied linguistics
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
Keywordslanguage,identity,politics of language,linguistic imperialism,language teaching and learning
Course organiserProf John Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3497
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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