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LING3012 ML Linguistics Independent Study Module (online)

Module Overview

This module involves an in-depth study of a particular aspect of Linguistics drawing from the resources available for the following final year modules which are delivered in Southampton. FREN 3030 French Sociolinguistics-Challenges to Francophonie GERM 3016 –Language and the city SPAN3013 – Transatlantic crossings : Linguistic Variation in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America Subject areas are chosen in collaboration with the module coordinators of the relevant LING modules and the MLang Coordinator. The focus of the study is negotiated between the student and the LING module coordinator and recorded on the student’s module selection form by the end of week 3. This module provides students on MLang programmes with Linguistics with a highly supervised “bite” of research on a topic of their choosing within the scope of the available LING modules and with access to the full of resources which are available to students studying those modules face to face.


This module involves the supervision of students in individual online sessions leading towards the formal submission of the piece of independent study at the end of the second semester. You will have a bank of 12 hours of supervision time the use of which you will negotiate with the module coordinator. It is anticipated that the time will be shared between email contact and skype sessions and the precise nature of those sessions should be established in consultation with the module coordinator. It is suggested that the first 6 hours should be used in conjunction with the prescribed readings in order to establish that you have a clear understanding of the central themes and the main views and arguments which are relevant for your independent study. The second set of 6 hours can be used for close supervision of the proposed area of study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include -online support from the module coordinator -on line group discussion (where student numbers permit) Learning activities include -individual research -use of local resources -completion of the independent study assignment

Independent Study288
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

.. Unscheduled research time will enable you to work independently, to manage your own study arrangements and to develop a project within a field of particular interest to you. Online one-one and small group discussions will give you the opportunity to present and discuss your knowledge of the field as well as your work in progress. The individually negotiated nature of this topic will also prepare you for dissertation work.


Assessment Strategy

Include details of the proportion and weighting of coursework as well as the number, type and duration of examination(s). You must specify which element will be taken as the final assessment.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (8000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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