EL7002 - Investigating Language for TESOL

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with a range of descriptive, critical, and analytical tools that will enable you to examine the English language. You will acquire the skills required for analysing key aspects of formal language. You will also be equipped with the necessary skills for examining the relationship between language and meaning in a range of contexts. The module highlights phenomena which present difficulties for learners of a second or foreign language and shows how a detailed understanding of language in context—using linguistic data from a wide range of sources, such as narrative, classroom discourse, figurative language, and corpora—can be used as an effective tool in the teaching and learning of English as another language. You will also engage with current debates in linguistic theory and you will develop the skills necessary for discovering patterns in language theory and data.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of interactive lectures and seminars. Key themes and concepts will be introduced in lectures, supported by in-class discussions, guided-debates, and further exploration activities. There will also be a practical workshop on the use of corpora in investigating language. All subject areas and theoretical debates within the module will be supported by reference to relevant literature, which you will read outside of class to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the field.

In addition to learning during taught hours with the module tutor, you will be expected to undertake both directed and independent learning. Directed learning will generally take the form of suggested weekly readings, relevant to that week’s research topic, and preparation for seminars where you will be expected to contribute to group work and full class discussion. Seminars will also contribute to the development of intellectual, transferable and practical skills. Independent learning will generally take the form of further reading and investigation, the consolidation of lecture and seminar notes, and revision/preparation for the assessment of the module.

All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLP (e-learning portal) to facilitate full participation in the module. Additionally, you will receive formative feedback from your tutor. The module’s final, summative assessment will also provide an opportunity for learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module aims to develop and expand your knowledge of the English language, and to enhance your skills in describing and analysing authentic spoken material and a wide range of grammatical phenomena. Lectures, seminars and workshops will develop your academic knowledge and skills. Your academic development will also be facilitated through engagement with the academic literature and by discussing problematic language data with your tutor and peers.

The module handbook provides details of lectures, seminars, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture materials are made available on the eLP (see above). The module tutor will be available in lectures and seminars, in ‘Feedback and consultation hours’ (i.e. ‘office hours’) and on email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have regarding any aspect of the module. Formative feedback will be provided throughout in-class activities and workshops.

In addition, you have a designated Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Guidance Tutor’s role includes: monitoring your ongoing academic progress; helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development; directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus). You are advised to meet with your Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. To develop and expand your knowledge of the English language, in both spoken and written forms, and to consider different analyses of problematic language data.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. You will demonstrate an ability to describe and analyse language and meaning.

3. You will demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate different types of text and linguistic data.

4. You will have acquired transferable skills using discourse analysis and corpora as tools for language learning and language teaching.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. You will demonstrate intellectual openness to different theoretical perspectives and empirical methods of enquiry.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment

1. For formative assessment, you will receive feedback on exercises devised by the module tutors. Feedback on these exercises will assist in the preparation of the summative assignments.

2. You will also benefit from guidance and feedback in the practical workshop on language corpora.

Formative assessment and feedback will also take place as part of the continual process of group discussion and analysis of data in seminars.

Formative assessment addresses all five MLOs.

Summative (graded) Assessments

1. 2500-word assignment

You will produce a 2500-word essay in which you will apply knowledge gained from a studied topic (e.g. categorisation, figurative language) to address a question relating to language and meaning in relation to the teaching and learning of English as another language. The assessment is worth 50% of the total grade for the module.

This assessment will be part of the learning process, and addresses all five MLOs.

2. 2500-word assignment

In this assignment you will examine how narrative discourses can be used to promote a deeper understanding of the relationship between language and meaning in contexts of teaching and learning. The assessment is worth 50% of the total grade for the module.

This assessment will be part of the learning process, and addresses all five MLOs.

Feedback will be provided using the Programme template and comments on the scripts.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

It is important for students of TESOL to be able to critically examine key aspects of the English language. This module will provide you with a range of descriptive, critical, and analytical tools that are required for analysing key aspects of formal language and for examining the relationship between language and meaning in a range of contexts. The module highlights phenomena which present difficulties for learners of a second or foreign language and shows how a detailed understanding of language in context—using linguistic data from a wide range of sources, such as narrative, classroom discourse, figurative language, and corpora—can be used as an effective tool in the teaching and learning of English as another language. You will also engage with current debates in linguistic theory and you will develop the skills necessary for discovering patterns in language theory and data.

What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with a range of descriptive, critical, and analytical tools that will enable you to examine the English language. You will acquire the skills required for analysing key aspects of formal language. You will also be equipped with the necessary skills for examining the relationship between language and meaning in a range of contexts. The module highlights phenomena which present difficulties for learners of a second or foreign language and shows how a detailed understanding of language in context—using linguistic data from a wide range of sources, such as narrative, classroom discourse, figurative language, and corpora—can be used as an effective tool in the teaching and learning of English as another language. You will also engage with current debates in linguistic theory and you will develop the skills necessary for discovering patterns in language theory and data.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
2 other options available

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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