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TITLE Studying English Language at Undergraduate Level

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Lectures will focus on training students to adopt the appropriate style and tone in their writing in the field of English language studies. The study-unit will offer them the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to: apply linguistic frameworks; describe language; and prepare an extended piece of writing appropriate to the discipline. Students will also be exposed to the latest patterns and trends in the field of linguistics research and learn to approach them synoptically.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:

- expose students to a number of linguistic studies in order to familiarise themselves with style and tone appropriate to the discipline;
- practise close reading and paraphrasing of linguistic related texts in preparation for reviewing literature relevant to the discipline;
- prepare them for an organised and systematic approach to an extended piece of writing in language studies;
- introduce them to the referencing system relevant to the discipline.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- distinguish between descriptive, theoretical and applied linguistics;
- review a number of linguistic frameworks;
- select the appropriate readings relevant to a mock study;
- compare and contrast methods employed in a number of studies;
- adopt terminology specific to the discipline.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- engage in critical reading relevant to a literature review;
- summarise and paraphrase a number of readings;
- identify key points in relevant articles and discuss them;
- structure an extended piece of writing following the rules set by the discipline.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Wray, A. Trott, K. and Bloomer, A. (1998) Projects in Linguistics, London: Arnold.

Other texts as required.


ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study-units

ENG1079 and ENG1080


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Odette Vassallo

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