Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Applied Linguistics for TESOL

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for English Language Proficiency

DESCRIPTION Students taking this unit will engage critically with current key debates in applied linguistics. They will apply the necessary tools for language analysis to describe learners’ receptive and productive skills in authentic language learning contexts. This unit will encourage students to adopt a specific approach to applied linguistics that helps them focus on learner autonomy in a complex and diverse language learning setting typical of TESOL classrooms.

This unit will also provide students with practice in applying stylistic approaches to a variety of texts in the language learning classroom. It will ground students in a variety of linguistic frameworks influenced by current developments in stylistics. Students will not only be encouraged to engage in critical evaluation of the different (and sometimes contrasting) literary and non-literary texts, but the unit will also encourage them to adopt a powerful analytical tool while facilitating task-oriented approaches to language learning and teaching.

Study-unit Aims:

- To introduce students to current issues in applied linguistics;
- To enhance students’ theoretical models of linguistic analysis;
- To enable students to use linguistic descriptive tools to analyse learners' spoken and written performance;
- To further develop students’ skills in using corpora to investigate learner language;
- To facilitate the discernment of strengths and weakness in learners’ language use; and
- To assist students in creating stylistics-based approaches in TESOL through a focus on reading and writing.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify key concepts in applied linguistics;
- Distinguish between strengths and weaknesses in learners’ spoken and written performance;
- Determine different points of entry to a text to facilitate learners' reading;
- Describe strengths and weaknesses of language frameworks;
- Understand how key concepts in applied linguistics can be applied to TESOL.

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

- Analyse texts using descriptive linguistic tools and frameworks;
- Use corpora to analyse learner language;
- Build a learner corpus and draw conclusions from text search results;
- Design corpus-based classroom tasks;
- Create different language tasks based on the data collected from learner corpora;
- Apply a new understanding of patterns of language usage identified across different learner corpora to revise their own patterns of language usage;
- Apply key concepts in applied linguistics to TESOL;
- Analyse existing course material according to specific professional and cultural situations;
- Engage in independent study.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Required Reading:

- Burke, M., Csabi, S., Week, L., & Zerkowitz, J. (Eds.). (2012). Pedagogical stylistics: Current trends in language, literature and ELT. London: Bloomsbury.
- Leech, G. N., & Short, M. H. (1981). Style in fiction: A linguistic introduction to English fictional prose. London: Longman.
- McIntyre, D., & Busse, B. (Eds.). (2010). Language and Style. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- O'Keeffe, A., & McCarthy, M. (Eds.). (2010). The Routledge handbook of corpus linguistics. London: Routledge.
- Simpson, J. (Ed.). (2011). The Routledge handbook of applied linguistics. London: Routledge.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Workshop (15 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 20%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 40%
Analysis Task SEM1 Yes 40%

LECTURER/S Sarah Grech
Odette Vassallo
Daniel Xerri

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