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Module Code: LNG408
Module Title: Discourse Analysis
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Department of Applied Linguistics
Pre-requisites: N/A
The main aims of the module are:

• To develop students’ knowledge of some main concepts, categories and frameworks relating to written and spoken discourse;

• To develop students’ critical understanding of form, meaning and use of language and the principles involved in the interpretation of texts, both written and spoken;

• To develop students’ awareness and knowledge of the contextual influences which affect English language in use;

• To encourage students to consider the implications of discourse analysis for the teaching of English language and the research of teaching English as a foreign language;
Learning outcomes 
On the completion of the module, students will be able to

• Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between the contexts of use and linguistic features in written and spoken texts;

• Identify and describe the structural elements, textual patterns and organisation of a range of written and spoken interaction;

• Demonstrate an understanding of the ways of describing meaning at word, clause and text levels, in particular, an understanding of how texts are constructed beyond sentence level;

• Become familiar with some up-to-date frameworks for critical analysis of written and spoken texts;

• Develop an awareness of how discourse norms and their realisations differ between cultures;

• Apply discourse analysis to examine classroom discourse, both written and spoken;

• Apply discourse analysis to describe differences between English and Chinese to guide English language teaching and researching in teaching English as a foreign language.

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components: lectures and seminars.
Topics will typically include:

• Approaches to Discourse

• Discourse Types

• Discourse in Communication

• Situations and Events: The Ethnography of Speaking

• Sequence and Structure: Conversational Analysis

• Discourse Connections

• Contextual Phenomena

• Discourse and Institution

• Discourse and Culture

• Hidden Agenda: Critical Discourse Analysis
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Test 1 25.00
2 Test 2 25.00
3 Term Paper (3000 Words) 50.00

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