LS3AD-Approaches to Discourse

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: LS1SG Sounds, Grammar and Meaning LS1ELS English Language and Society
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LS2AD Approaches to Discourse
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Sylvia Jaworska


Summary module description:
This module aims to introduce and apply the key methodological frameworks for the description and analysis of discourse, including spoken and written language in use. We will consider a range of analytical approaches in the description of authentic language, relating features of text to the context in which the language is produced and understood. We will also consider the applicability of these approaches to study discourse in a variety of social and political contexts.

The module aims to:
•familiarize students with a range of approaches used in the description of discourse, and the terms and concepts used in each;
•give students experience of applying the approaches covered to samples of authentic language;
•help students to appreciate the relevance of different approaches to different kinds of discourse analytic problems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to demonstrate:
•awareness of the principles underlying key models of discourse analysis represented in the literature;
•awareness of the differing perspectives offered by these approaches and an ability to synthesize these models;
• an ability to select appropriate approaches in accordance with specific goals of analysis and consider their applicability to data;
• familiarity with some of the conventions for the transcription of spoken interaction.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to encourage the development of students' critical and evaluative skills. Through group-work and individual workshop tasks students will be encouraged to develop independent thinking and teamwork.

Outline content:
The following topics will be introduced and discussed: pragmatics, speech-act theory, politeness, conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, notions of coherence and cohesion, genre, critical discourse analysis and multimodal discourse analysis. Issues will be introduced with reference mainly to English discourse. The data for analysis will be drawn from such sources as spontaneous informal conversations, media interviews, newspaper articles and academic texts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module consists of a weekly 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar dedicated to practical exercises, group work and discussions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Practical skills assessment 20
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:
One essay of 2,000 – 2,500 words (70%)
Recording of an informal conversation and transcription of a short passage (20%)
Three online multiple choice tests on Blackboard (10%)

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination by coursework to be submitted by 22 August in the year the module was taken.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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