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LING1003 Applications of Linguistics

Module Overview

This unit will introduce you to the main areas relevant to applied language studies.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Language in its geographical, social, historical and political context;
  • Language variation and language varieties;
  • Draw on your understanding of language acquisition and language processing in order to explore the relationship between language and the human mind and brain
  • Language politics and language policy;
  • Language acquisition and the principles underlying it;
  • Language processing;
  • Language in an educational context
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Link empirical evidence to the formulation of linguistic theories;
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence;
  • Synthesise evidence from a range of sources in order to present a coherent argument;
  • Apply sophisticated analytical tools to the investigation of a problem,
  • Work in small groups
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply analytical linguistic tools and conepts to the analysis of the topics studied;
  • Analyse language data from a range of perspectives;
  • Understand and analyse language variation;
  • Understand and analyse language acquisition data

Syllabus

Sociolinguistics (weeks 1-3)  Micro-sociolinguistics: language variation; dialectology; register; language change  Macro-sociolinguistics: language in contact; multilingualism; language policy; language and power Psycholinguistics (weeks 4-7)  Language acquisition: first and second language acquisition; bilingualism  Language processing: language comprehension and production Applied Linguistics (weeks 8-10)  What is Applied Linguistics?  The role of linguistics in education  Translation and intercultural communication Weeks 11-12: Practical seminars using empirical data

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Sociolinguistics (weeks 1-3)  Micro-sociolinguistics: language variation; dialectology; register; language change  Macro-sociolinguistics: language in contact; multilingualism; language policy; language and power Psycholinguistics (weeks 4-7)  Language acquisition: first and second language acquisition; bilingualism Language processing: language comprehension and production Applied Linguistics (weeks 8-10)  What is Applied Linguistics?  The role of linguistics in education  Translation and intercultural communication Weeks 11-12: Practical seminars using empirical data

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Aitchison, J. (1998). The articulate mammal.. 

Fromkin, V. Rodman, R. & Hyams, N. (2003). An Introduction to language.. 

Brumfit, C., (1995). Language education in the National Curriculum. 

Holmes, J. (2001). An introduction to Sociolinguistics. 

Cook, G. (2003). Applied Linguistics. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Practical assignment  (1600 words) 50%
Practical assignment  (1600 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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