Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Language Skills for Linguistics

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology

DESCRIPTION This study-unit aims to help students to develop the receptive and productive language skills germane to the study of linguistics and to enable them to systematically acquire the metalanguage of linguistic research. To these ends the study-unit draws specifically on a range of linguistic materials from the core areas of linguistics, namely meaning, grammar and sound. Attention is focused on effective reading through macro- and micro-analyses of text structures; the planning, drafting, editing and proofing of academic writing; the preparation, delivery and evaluation of oral presentations; and the professional and ethical documentation of texts (including referencing and the avoidance of plagiarism). Study-Unit Aims:

Learning Outcomes:

This study-unit has the following aims:

- to help students develop the receptive and productive language skills germane to the study of linguistics;
- to guide students in the systematic acquisition of the metalanguage and metalinguistics skills of research in linguistics.

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- identify a range of distinct academic texts reporting empirical and theoretical research;
- acquire the metalanguage of research in linguistics;
- document their written texts and oral presentations in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (or equivalent).

2. Skills:

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

- read academic texts with the aims of (i) rapidly identifying their general themes and the organising principles; and (ii) carefully analysing their academic content.
- plan, organise, deliver and evaluate academic presentations.
- plan, structure, draft and document academic texts.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition)

Supplementary Readings:

- Bauer, L. (2007). The linguistics student’s handbook. Edinburgh University Press.
- Field, A., & Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. Sage.
- Greetham, B. (2018). How to write better essays (4th edition). Palgrave.
- van Emden, J., & Becker, L. (2016). Presentation skills for students (3rd edition). Palgrave.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Co-requisite Study-units: LLT1011, LLT1012


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 No 25%
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Paul A. Falzon
Sarah Grech

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